Minister for Housing and Welfare
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The post was created in May 2007 as the Minister of Communities and Sport, but was renamed in a February 2009 Ministerial reshuffle which saw responsibility for the Sport portfolio transfer to the Minister for Public Health. The Minister oringally reported (from 2007-2011) to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, who had overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet. This changed after the 2011 election and subsequent reshuffle so that the Minister then reported to the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities.
This changed again in November 2014 and the Minister now reports to Alex Neil as Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights. The Minister for Housing and Communities has specific responsibility for social inclusion, equalities, anti-poverty measures, housing and regeneration.
Minister for Communities and Sport
|Name||Portrait||Entered Office||Left Office||Party|
|Stewart Maxwell||17 May 2007||10 February 2009||Scottish National Party|
Minister for Housing and Communities
|Alex Neil||12 February 2009||25 May 2011||Scottish National Party|
Minister for Housing and Transport
|Keith Brown||25 May 2011||5 September 2012||Scottish National Party|
Minister for Housing and Welfare
|Margaret Burgess||5 September 2012||Incumbent||Scottish National Party|
From 1999 to 2000 Communities was the responsibility of the Minister for Communities and from 2000 to 2003 was the responsibility of the Minister for Social Justice, both of which were Cabinet positions. The Minister for Communities was reinstated after the Scottish Parliament election, 2003. The Sport portfolio was the responsibility of Deputy Minister for Communities and Sport from 2000 to 2001 in the Dewar Government (which was not a cabinet position). From 2000 to 2001 the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Culture was the Cabinet Minister with whose responsibilities included sport. From 2001 to 2003 these roles were combined in the Minister for Communities and Sport, which was renamed the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport after the addition of the tourism portfolio, following the 2003 election.
The Salmond government, elected following the Scottish Parliament election, 2007 created the junior post of Minister for Communities and Sport, combining the Sport and Communities portfolios. The minister assisted the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
In September 2012 the junior post of Minister for Housing and Welfare was announced, with a portfolio intended to reflect the important role of housing in aiding economic recovery and the challenges that face those in poverty.
- Scotland Act (1998), Only those appointed under Section 47 of the Scotland Act "attend" Cabinet. Junior ministers are appointed under Section 49 and may be "present".
- "Scottish Executive - Scottish Cabinet and Ministers". Scottish Executive. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
- "Cabinet changes announced". Scottish Government. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- Gardham, Magnus. "Sturgeon quits health for referendum role". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 2 September 2014.
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