is the UK Government department
, 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
in London, occupation of which it shares with the Home Office
. It was renamed to add Housing to its title and changed to a ministry 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:
|The Rt Hon. Robert Jenrick MP
||Secretary of State
||Overall leadership of the Ministry, Troubled Families
|Luke Hall MP
||Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government
||Local government engagement, policy & finance; Devolution and the Devolution White Paper; Levelling up; Climate change; UK Shared Prosperity Fund; Mayoral Combined Authorities; Pan-regional growth bodies; Local digital; Freeports; Planning casework.
|The Rt Hon. Christopher Pincher MP
||Minister of State for Housing
||MHCLG COVID-19 Shielding Programme; Home ownership; Housing strategy; Social housing; Homes England Stewardship; Private Rented Sector; Planning reform; Commons Minister on Building Safety.
|The Rt Hon. The Lord Greenhalgh
||Minister of State for Building Safety and Communities
(jointly with Home Office)
|Building Safety Programme; Grenfell recovery and public inquiry; Resilience and Emergencies Minister, including transformation and non-Covid/Transition winter response (e.g. flooding); Leasehold and freehold abuses; faith and communities; Holocaust Memorial; Departmental business in the House of Lords.
|Kelly Tolhurst MP
||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing and Rough Sleeping
||Homelessness and rough sleeping; Supported housing; New Homes Ombudsman & redress; Support for Housing Minister on Private Rented Sector; Troubled Families; Domestic abuse; High streets, towns and cities; Social housing; White Paper; Community assets; Departmental SI Minister; Corporate matters.
The Permanent Secretary is Jeremy Pocklington who took up his post on 30 March 2020.
Henry Smith was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 26 May 2015.
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.
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).
Secretaries of State
The Ministry is responsible for UK Government policy in the following areas, mainly in England:
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 Cabinet Office.
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.
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.
Its main counterparts in the devolved nations of the UK are as follows.
- Welsh Government Department for Local Government and Public Services