Published: 19:45, 15 September 2021
| Updated: 19:56, 15 September 2021
Will building developments be stalled?
The replacement of housing minister Robert Jenright with Michael Gove could signal a further retreat on house building targets and the ripping up of controversial reforms that would give developers automatic planning permission in designated zones.
Kent MPs have made no secret of their disquiet about increased building and their fears for the Garden of England.
Michael Gove could prove to be more sympathetic to their concerns. He is well aware of the sensitivities as he is an MP in Surrey where the issue is just as divisive.
And Keeping Priti Patel as Home Secretary is a vote of confidence in her despite some questioning her performance.
It will also mean that the UK's increasingly uncompromising stance on dealing with the ongoing issue of small boats crossing the channel will remain.
But she will need to balance the ‘get tough’ approach with a willingness for bilateral collaboration with the French.
And if the numbers don’t come down, she could yet pay the price.
Waiting times: A long-awaited reconfiguration of Kent's hospitals will have to be examined with fresh eyes.
That could mean an even longer delay in the process of determining which hospital in east Kent should become a fully operational accident and emergency hospital.
Sajid Javid Will be the third health secretary to be involved.
Making the grade? The sacking of Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for education will no doubt delight teachers.
They may be less delighted about the prospect of budget cuts in the pipeline as a result of changes to the pupil premium fund.
And Kent’s biggest challenge is to eradicate the attainment gap in its schools, a stubborn problem that looks to have widened over the pandemic.
The former minister for vaccines Nadhim Zahawi has a lot of homework to get stuck into.