Helen Whately becomes Minister for Care

Minister for Care Helen Whately

Helen Whately MP has been appointed Minister for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care.

The MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent, who was previously parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has taken over from Caroline Dinenage MP, who has moved in the opposite direction.

Whately was first elected in 2015 and has chaired all-party groups for mental health, and fruit and veg farmers.

On her departure, Dinenage posted on Twitter: ‘Huge thanks to all the inspiring, incredible people it’s been an honour to meet & work with along the way. The toughest & yet the best of jobs…’

Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle will also see Christopher Pincher as Housing Minister.

On the appointments, Michael Voges, ARCO executive director, said: ‘One of the biggest opportunities open to both ministers is to work with our sector and consumer champions to ensure that as retirement communities develop we can play the biggest possible role in housing and social care.

‘If our ministers are up to the challenge they can unleash a revolution in provision which will benefit hundreds of thousands of people.’