The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the UK Government department for Housing, communities and local government in England. 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 2 Marsham Street, London. It was renamed to add Housing to its title in January 2018.

There are corresponding departments in the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive, responsible for communities and local government in their respective jurisdictions.


The MHCLG's ministers are as follows:[2]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Overall leadership of the Ministry, Troubled Families
Dominic Raab MP Minister of State for Housing and Planning
Housing, Ebbsfleet, planning policy, neighbourhood planning, lead minister on the Housing Bill, planning casework, London
Jake Berry MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Northern Powerhouse, city deals, European Regional Development Fund, Enterprise Zones and Local Enterprise Partnerships, building regulations, supporting minister on the Devolution Bill, planning casework
Rishi Sunak MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government Local Government policy and finances, adult social care, local government pensions and interventions policy, troubled families, parks/green space
Heather Wheeler MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Homelessness Homelessness and rough sleeping, private-rented sector, Housing Ombudsman and redress, leasehold reform,voluntary right-to-buy, home buying process reform, domestic abuse and refuges, supported housing,
The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Departmental business in the House of Lords, local government finance and policy, integration and faith, High Speed Rail 2 (HS2), Travellers, supporting the Secretary of State on City Deals and Troubled Families, women and equalities (supporting the Department for Education in the House of Lords)

The Permanent Secretary is Melanie Dawes who took up her post on 1 March 2015.[3]

Henry Smith was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 26 May 2015.[4]

History and responsibilities

MHCLG was formed in July 2001 as part of the Cabinet Office with the title Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), headed by the then Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott. In May 2002 the ODPM became a separate department after absorbing the local government and regions portfolios from the defunct Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions. 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.[5][6] During the 5 May 2006 reshuffle of 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).


The Ministry is responsible for UK Government policy in the following areas, mainly in England:[7]

On its creation it also assumed the community policy function of the Home Office. Ministers have since established the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, and the now separate Government Equalities Office which is now part of the Department for Education.

Bodies sponsored by MHCLG

Executive agencies

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[8] and on 28 February 2013 the Fire Service College was sold to Capita.[9]

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. 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 [10] 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.


Its main counterparts in the devolved nations of the UK are as follows.


Northern Ireland


  • Welsh Government Department for Local Government and Public Services

See also


  1. ^ Budget 2011 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Our ministers". GOV.UK. Department for Communities and Local Government. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Melanie Dawes announced as new DCLG permanent secretary – Civil Service World". www.civilserviceworld.com. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Environmental report slams ODPM over sustainable code". Building. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Knight, Sam (5 May 2006). "Prescott loses his dream home the megadepartment". The Times. London. 
  7. ^ "Government ministers and responsibilities – GOV.UK". 
  8. ^ "Ordnance Survey becomes part of Department for Business Innovation and Skills". 
  9. ^ "Fire Service College sold to Capita". 28 February 2013 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  10. ^ National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy Archived 27 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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