Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.


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Secretary of State

Robert Jenrick
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Ministers of State
Luke Hall - Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Christopher Pincher - Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Paul Scully - Minister of State (London)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Eddie Hughes - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

13 Apr 2021, 1:41 p.m.
Best wishes from Faith Minister @team_greenhalgh and all at MHCLG to Muslims in the UK who will be marking the start of the month of #Ramadan https://t.co/cAVdym5GEl - Link
8 Apr 2021, 3:57 p.m.
Hong Kong BN(O) status holders arriving in the UK will receive advice, support, and assistance through today’s newly announced Welcome Programme. We encourage all HK BN(O) status holders to use the welcome pack to help settle into life into the UK: https://t.co/QMgJCky09n https://t.co/s7m0KgwmN5 - Link
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Feb. 22 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Nov. 18 Urgent Questions Towns Fund
Apr. 13 Written Statements Building Safety: Monthly Update
Apr. 13 Westminster Hall Vagrancy Act 1824
Mar. 18 Adjournment Debate Public Landmarks Review
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


A Bill to make provision to change the dates on which non-domestic rating lists must be compiled; and to change the dates by which proposed lists must be sent to billing authorities, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 15th March 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales


Last Event - Lords
Wednesday 17th March 2021
(Read Debate)

A bill to make provision to change the dates on which non-domestic rating lists must be compiled; to change the dates by which proposed lists must be sent to billing authorities, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading (Lords)
Wednesday 18th March 2020
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
15 Apr 2021
In Force
16 Apr 2021
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“the GPDO”). The GPDO provides, for the purposes of section 59 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8), for the granting of permission for certain classes of development without the requirement for a planning application to be made under Part 3 of that Act. The classes of permission, together with their accompanying conditions, limitations and restrictions, are set out in Schedule 2 to the GPDO.
Laid
31 Mar 2021
In Force
21 Apr 2021
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends, primarily, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“the GPDO”). The GPDO provides, for the purposes of section 59 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8), for the granting of permission for certain classes of development without the requirement for a planning application to be made under Part 3 of that Act. The classes of permission, together with their accompanying conditions, limitations and restrictions, are set out in Schedule 2 to the GPDO.
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Petitions addressed by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
365,508
Petition Closed

Make 'netting' hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence.

Gov Responded - 4 Nov 2019 Debated on - 13 May 2019
18 Sep 2019
closed 1 year, 7 months ago

Developers, and other interested parties are circumventing laws protecting birds by 'netting' hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting.

This facilitates the uprooting of hedgerows which aid biodiversity and provide the only remaining nesting sites for birds, whose numbers are in sharp decline.

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Departmental Select Committee

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
Clive Betts Portrait
Clive Betts (Labour - Sheffield South East)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 27 Jan 2020
Bob Blackman Portrait
Bob Blackman (Conservative - Harrow East)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ian Byrne Portrait
Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Brendan Clarke-Smith Portrait
Brendan Clarke-Smith (Conservative - Bassetlaw)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ben Everitt Portrait
Ben Everitt (Conservative - Milton Keynes North)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Rachel Hopkins Portrait
Rachel Hopkins (Labour - Luton South)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Mary Robinson Portrait
Mary Robinson (Conservative - Cheadle)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Mohammad Yasin Portrait
Mohammad Yasin (Labour - Bedford)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ian Levy Portrait
Ian Levy (Conservative - Blyth Valley)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 20 Jul 2020
Florence Eshalomi Portrait
Florence Eshalomi (Labour (Co-op) - Vauxhall)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 22 Feb 2021
Andrew Lewer Portrait
Andrew Lewer (Conservative - Northampton South)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 22 Feb 2021
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee: Upcoming Events
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 4.30pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>Jeremy Pocklington CB - Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government<br/>Alex Skinner - Director of Local Government Finance at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government<br/>Emran Mian - Director General for Stronger Places at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government<br/>Matt Thurstan - Chief Financial Officer at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government<br/>
19 Apr 2021, 4 p.m.
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Annual Report & Accounts 2019-20
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Publications


Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
15 Apr 2021, midnight Police and Crime Panels Kate Hollern (Labour - Blackburn)

Question to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government:

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will publish any impact assessment it has undertaken on councils returning to in-person meetings after the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.

Answered by Luke Hall - Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Councils have been able to meet in person throughout the pandemic so long as they follow the relevant Covid-19 guidance on the safe use of council buildings. It is for councils to apply the Covid-19 guidance to ensure meetings take place safely.

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