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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), formerly the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), is the UK Government department for
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,
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communities
,
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and the levelling up policy. It was established in May 2006 and is the successor to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, established in 2001. The department shares its headquarters building, at
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2 Marsham Street
in London, with the
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Home Office
. From summer 2021, 500 members of staff and civil servants will start to relocate to
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Wolverhampton
as the department prepares to be first UK government department to have a headquarters based outside of London. It is hoped the move will be completed by 2025. It was renamed to add Housing to its title and changed to a ministry in January 2018, and later reverted to a government department in the 2021 reshuffle. There are corresponding departments in the
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, the
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and the
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, responsible for communities and local government in their respective jurisdictions.


Ministers

The DLUHC's ministers are as follows: The
Permanent Secretary
Permanent Secretary
is
Jeremy Pocklington Jeremy may refer to: * Jeremy (given name), a given name * Jérémy, a French given name * Jeremy (film), ''Jeremy'' (film), a 1973 film * Jeremy (song), "Jeremy" (song), a song by Pearl Jam * Jeremy (snail), a left-coiled garden snail that died in ...
who took up his post on 30 March 2020. Henry Smith was appointed
Parliamentary Private Secretary A Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) is a Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), Member of Parliament (MP) in the Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), United Kingdom who acts as an unpaid assistant to a Minister of the Crown, minister. He or ...
to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 26 May 2015.


History

DLUHC was formed in July 2001 as part of the
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Cabinet Office
with the title Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), headed by the then Deputy Prime Minister,
John Prescott John Leslie Prescott, Baron Prescott (born 31 May 1938) is a British politician who served as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (DPM) is an office sometimes given to a minister in the ...
. In May 2002 the ODPM became a separate department after absorbing the local government and regions portfolios from the defunct
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. The ODPM was criticised in some quarters for adding little value and the Environmental Audit Committee had reported negatively on the department in the past. During the 5 May 2006
reshuffle A cabinet reshuffle or shuffle is when a head of government The head of government is either the highest or second highest official in the executive branch of a sovereign state, a federated state, or a self-governing colony, autonomous region, ...
of Tony Blair's government, it was renamed and
Ruth Kelly Ruth Maria Kelly (born 9 May 1968) is a former British Labour Party (UK), Labour Party politician, serving as Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolton West (UK Parliament constituency), Bolton West from 1997 Un ...
succeeded
David Miliband David Wright Miliband (born 15 July 1965) is the President (corporate title), president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Rescue Committee and a former British Labour Party (UK), Labour Party politician. He was the Foreign Se ...

David Miliband
to become the first
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government The secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, also referred to as the levelling up secretary, is a secretary of state in the Government of the United Kingdom The Government of the United Kingdom, domestically referre ...
at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). In January 2018, as part of Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle, the department was renamed the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). In September 2021,
Boris Johnson Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (; born 19 June 1964) is a British politician and writer serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom The prime minister of the United Kingdom is the head of government The head of government ...

Boris Johnson
renamed the department yet again, calling it the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), being more powers outside of just England to manage funds across the United Kingdom. On 20 February 2021, it was announced as part of the government's levelling up policy, that DLUHC would be the first government department to have a headquarters based outside of London. Five hundred posts, including those of senior civil servants, will be moving to
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Wolverhampton
by 2025. On 23 February 2021, the then Secretary of State,
Robert Jenrick Robert Edward Jenrick (born 9 January 1982) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government since 2019. He has served as Member of Parliament A member of parliament (M ...

Robert Jenrick
, announced he was hopeful that staff would be working in
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Wolverhampton
by the summer of 2021. He also announced that they were considering building a new office development in or around the city centre to house the new headquarters. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, suggested it should be within walking distance of local newspaper ''
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'', where he previously did work experience. As DLUHC looks set to relocate some 500 members of staff to Wolverhampton, Robert Jenrick officially opened its new Wolverhampton offices at the recently completed i9 office development on 10 September 2021. At the opening of the new office development the Secretary of State was joined by the leader of
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Ian Brookfield and the West Midlands Mayor,
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Andy Street
.


Secretaries of State

*
David Miliband David Wright Miliband (born 15 July 1965) is the President (corporate title), president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Rescue Committee and a former British Labour Party (UK), Labour Party politician. He was the Foreign Se ...

David Miliband
11 May 2005 – 5 May 2006 *
Ruth Kelly Ruth Maria Kelly (born 9 May 1968) is a former British Labour Party (UK), Labour Party politician, serving as Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolton West (UK Parliament constituency), Bolton West from 1997 Un ...
5 May 2006 – 27 June 2007 *
Hazel Blears Hazel Anne Blears (born 14 May 1956) is a former British British may refer to: Peoples, culture, and language * British people The British people, or Britons, are the citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ...

Hazel Blears
27 June 2007 – 5 June 2009 * John Denham 5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010 *
Eric Pickles Eric Jack Pickles, Baron Pickles, (born 20 April 1952) is a British Conservative Party Conservative Party may refer to: Europe Current *Croatian Conservative Party, *Conservative Party (Czech Republic) *Conservative People's Party (Denmark) ...
12 May 2010 – 11 May 2015 *
Greg Clark Gregory David Clark (born 28 August 1967) is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the people who live in their constituency. In many countries w ...

Greg Clark
11 May 2015 – 14 July 2016 *
Sajid Javid Sajid Javid (; born 5 December 1969) is a British politician who served as Home Secretary from 2018 to 2019 and Chancellor of the Exchequer The Chancellor of the Exchequer, often abbreviated to the Chancellor, is a high ranking Minister of th ...
13 July 2016 – 30 April 2018 *
James Brokenshire James Peter Brokenshire (born 8 January 1968) is a British politician, most recently serving as Minister of State for Security at the Home Office The Home Office (HO), also known (especially in official papers and when referred to in Parliam ...
30 April 2018 – 24 July 2019 *
Robert Jenrick Robert Edward Jenrick (born 9 January 1982) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government since 2019. He has served as Member of Parliament A member of parliament (M ...

Robert Jenrick
24 July 2019 – 15 September 2021 *
Michael Gove Michael Andrew Gove (; born Graeme Andrew Logan; 26 August 1967) is a British politician, journalist and author serving as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations since 2021. He ...

Michael Gove
15 September 2021 – present


Responsibilities

The department is responsible for
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policy in the following areas, mainly in
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England
: * Building regulations *
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* Community resilience *
Housing Housing, or more generally living spaces, refers to the construction Construction is a general term meaning the art and science to form Physical object, objects, systems, or organizations,"Construction" def. 1.a. 1.b. and 1.c. ''Oxford Eng ...

Housing
*
Local government Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public administration Public administration is the implementation of government policy Public policy is a course of action created and/or enacted, typically by a government ...
*
Planning Planning is the process A process is a series or set of Action (philosophy), activities that interact to produce a result; it may occur once-only or be recurrent or periodic. Things called a process include: Business and management *Business pro ...
* Race equality * The
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*
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Levelling Up

The Levelling Up Taskforce was formed in September 2021 headed by former Bank of England Chief Economist
Andy Haldane Andrew G. Haldane, FAcSSThe Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) is an award granted by the Academy of Social Sciences to leading academics, policy-makers, and practitioners of the social sciences. Fellows were previously known a ...
. The Levelling Up policy was not initially defined in detail, but would include: *Investing in towns, cities, and rural and coastal areas *Giving those areas more control of how investment is made *Levelling up skills using apprenticeships and a £3 billion National Skills Fund *Helping the farming and fishing industries *Creating up to 10 freeports to help deprived communities


Bodies sponsored by DLUHC


Executive agencies

*
Planning Inspectorate The Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (sometimes referred to as PINS) ( cy, Yr Arolygiaeth Gynllunio) is an executive agency An executive agency is a part of a government department that is treated as managerially and budgetarily sepa ...
* Queen Elizabeth II Centre The department also was previously responsible for two other agencies. On 18 July 2011
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was transferred to the
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and on 28 February 2013 the
Fire Service College The Fire Service College is responsible for providing leadership, management and advanced operational training courses for senior fire officers from the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known ...
was sold to
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.


Non-departmental public bodies

In January 2007, Ruth Kelly announced proposals to bring together the delivery functions of the
Housing Corporation The Housing Corporation was the non-departmental public body that funded new affordable housing and regulated housing associations in England. It was established by the Housing Act 1964. On 1 December 2008, its functions were transferred to two new ...
,
English PartnershipsEnglish Partnerships (EP) was the national regeneration agency for England England is a Countries of the United Kingdom, country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The ...
and parts of the then Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government to form a new unified housing and regeneration agency, the
Homes and Communities Agency Homes England is the non-departmental public bodyIn the United Kingdom, non-departmental public body (NDPB) is a classification applied by the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, Treasury, the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to pub ...
(renamed ''Homes England'' in 2018). Initially announced as Communities England, it became operational in December 2008. This also includes the Academy for Sustainable Communities. 2008 was also the year that the department along with the
Local Government Association The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. Its core membership is made up of 339 English councils and the 22 Welsh councils through the Welsh Local Government Association.   The LGA is po ...
produced the National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy which led to the creation of nine Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs) with devolved funding of £185m to drive sector-led improvement for councils.


Devolution

Its main counterparts in the devolved nations of the UK are as follows. Scotland * Communities Directorates *
Learning and Justice Directorates The Scottish Government Education, Communities and Justice Directorates are a group of civil service The civil service is a collective term for a sector of government composed mainly of career civil servants hired on professional merit rather than ...
Northern Ireland * Executive Office (civil resilience, community cohesion, race relations) *
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is a government department in the Northern Ireland Executive The Northern Ireland Executive is the devolved government of Northern Ireland, an administrative branch of t ...
(local government, planning) *
Department of Finance A finance minister is an executive or cabinet position in charge of one or more of government finances, economic policy and financial regulation. A finance minister's portfolio has a large variety of names across the world, such as "treasury", ...
(building regulations) *
Department of Health A health department or health ministry is a part of government A government is the system or group of people governing an organized community, generally a State (polity), state. In the case of its broad associative definition, gover ...
(fire services) *
Department for Communities Department may refer to: * DepartmentalizationDepartmentalization (or departmentalisation) refers to the process of grouping activities into departments. Division of labour creates Expert, specialists who need :wikt:coordination, coordination. This ...
(housing, urban regeneration) Wales * Welsh Government Department for Local Government and Public Services


See also

*
Budget of the United Kingdom The Budget A budget is a financial plan for a defined accounting period, period, often one year. It may also include planned sales volumes and revenues, resource quantities, costs and expenses, assets, Liability (financial accounting), liabilit ...
*
Council house A council house is a form of British public housing , Hong Kong. The Kin Ming Estate comprises ten housing blocks, providing housing for approximately 22,000 people. Nearly half of Hong Kong's 7.8 million population lives in public housi ...
*
Energy efficiency in British housing Domestic housing in the United Kingdom presents a possible opportunity for achieving the 20% overall cut in UK carbon dioxide emissions targeted by the Government for 2010. However, the process of achieving that drop is proving problematic given t ...
*
Flag protocol A flag protocol defines the proper placement, handling, use, and disposal of flags. Some countries have added certain protocols into their legal system while others prefer to have "guidelines" without civil or criminal consequences attached. Gen ...
*
Homes and Communities Agency Homes England is the non-departmental public bodyIn the United Kingdom, non-departmental public body (NDPB) is a classification applied by the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, Treasury, the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to pub ...
* Local Resilience Forum *
English PartnershipsEnglish Partnerships (EP) was the national regeneration agency for England England is a Countries of the United Kingdom, country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The ...
*
Housing Corporation The Housing Corporation was the non-departmental public body that funded new affordable housing and regulated housing associations in England. It was established by the Housing Act 1964. On 1 December 2008, its functions were transferred to two new ...
*
Housing estate A housing estate (or sometimes housing complex or housing development) is a group of home A home, or domicile, is a space used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for one or many Human, humans. It is a fully or semi sheltered ...
*
Regions of England The regions, formerly known as the government office regions, are the highest tier of sub-national division in England England is a that is part of the . It shares land borders with to its west and to its north. The lies northwest ...

Regions of England
* Social Exclusion Task Force *
Local Government Association The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. Its core membership is made up of 339 English councils and the 22 Welsh councils through the Welsh Local Government Association.   The LGA is po ...
* Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership


References


External links


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