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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the UK Government department for
housing Housing, or more generally living spaces, refers to the construction and assigned usage of houses or buildings collectively, for the purpose of sheltering people — the planning or provision delivered by an authority, with related meanings. Ens ...
, communities and
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. It was established in May 2006 and is the successor to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, established in 2001. Its headquarters is located at
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in London, occupation of which it shares with the
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, and expected from Summer 2021 some 500 member of staff and civil servants will start to relocate to
Wolverhampton Wolverhampton () is a city, metropolitan borough, and administrative centre in the West Midlands, England. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 249,470.
Wolverhampton
as the department prepares to be first UK government department to have a HQ 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. 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 MHCLG's ministers are as follows: The
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is
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who took up his post on 30 March 2020. Henry Smith was appointed
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to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 26 May 2015.


History

MHCLG was formed in July 2001 as part of the
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with the title Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), headed by the then
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,
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. 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
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of Third Blair ministry, Tony Blair's government, it was renamed and Ruth Kelly succeeded David Miliband to become the first Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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). On 20 February 2021, it was announced as part of the governments levelling up strategy, that MHCLG would be the first government department to have a headquarters based outside of London. 500 posts including Senior Civil Servants will be moving to
Wolverhampton Wolverhampton () is a city, metropolitan borough, and administrative centre in the West Midlands, England. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 249,470.
Wolverhampton
by 2025. On 23 February 2021, Robert Jenrick announced he was hopeful that staff would be working in
Wolverhampton Wolverhampton () is a city, metropolitan borough, and administrative centre in the West Midlands, England. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 249,470.
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 HQ. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested it should be within walking distance of local newspaper Express & Star, where he previously did work experience.


Secretaries of State

* David Miliband 11 May 2005 – 5 May 2006 * Ruth Kelly 5 May 2006 – 27 June 2007 * Hazel Blears 27 June 2007 – 5 June 2009 * John Denham (politician), John Denham 5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010 * Eric Pickles 12 May 2010 – 11 May 2015 * Greg Clark 11 May 2015 – 14 July 2016 * Sajid Javid 13 July 2016 – 30 April 2018 * James Brokenshire 30 April 2018 – 24 July 2019 * Robert Jenrick 24 July 2019 – present


Responsibilities

The Ministry is responsible for United Kingdom Government, UK Government policy in the following areas, mainly in England: * building regulations in England and Wales, Building regulations * Community cohesion * Fire services an
community resilience
* Housing * Local government * town and country planning, Planning * Race relations, Race equality * The Thames Gateway * Urban regeneration On its creation it also assumed the community policy function of the
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. Ministers have since established the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, and the now separate Government Equalities Office which is now part of the
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.


Bodies sponsored by MHCLG


Executive agencies

* Planning Inspectorate * Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre The department also was previously responsible for two other agencies. On 18 July 2011 Ordnance Survey was transferred to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and on 28 February 2013 the Fire Service College was sold to Capita Group, Capita.


Non-departmental public bodies

In January 2007, Ruth Kelly announced proposals to bring together the delivery functions of the Housing Corporation, English Partnerships and parts of the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government to form a new unified housing and regeneration agency, the Homes and Communities Agency (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 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 Devolution in the United Kingdom, devolved nations of the UK are as follows. Scotland * Communities Directorates * Learning and Justice Directorates Northern Ireland * Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (civil resilience, community cohesion, race relations) * Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland), Department of the Environment (local government, planning) * Department of Finance and Personnel (building regulations) * Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (fire services) * Department for Social Development (housing, urban regeneration) Wales * Welsh Government Department for Local Government and Public Services


See also

* Budget of the United Kingdom * Council house * Energy efficiency in British housing * Flag protocol * Homes and Communities Agency * Local Resilience Forum * English Partnerships * Housing Corporation * Housing estate * Social Exclusion Task Force * Local Government Association * Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership


References


External links

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