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

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Ministers of State
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Luke Hall MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Oct 2019, 6:20 p.m.
Today Local Government Secretary @RobertJenrick Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster @michaelgove and @grantshapps met representatives from Kent including MPs, councils and local services to discuss #Brexit preparations. Find out what you need to do 👉 https://t.co/yEAG4yK4pV https://t.co/ldW48VSjLD - Link
16 Oct 2019, 4:55 p.m.
🗣Housing Minister @EstherMcVey1 👷‍spoke to town planners and set out plans for a new planning A-Team. Qualified👨‍💼professionals – such as a Mr T-ree🌲preservation officer – with expertise to help councils assess proposals faster and get new🏠built quicker https://t.co/zo95Wc0mMz https://t.co/CJKMYLPz5G - 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
Jun. 17 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 17 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jan. 22 Urgent Questions Tower Blocks: Dangerous Cladding
Oct. 15 Written Statements Domestic Abuse Support
Oct. 02 Westminster Hall Leasehold and Commonhold Reform
May. 13 Adjournment Debate Self-build Housing
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill [HL] 2017-19 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 10 July, 2019 2 Sep 2019, 5:53 p.m.
A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales that consist wholly or mainly of public lavatories; and for connected purposes
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 30 September, 2019 1 Oct 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 1 November, 2018 2 Nov 2018, 12:03 p.m.
To make provision for buildings used as nursery grounds to be exempt from nondomestic rates in England and Wales.
Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceddings) 1 November, 2018 2 Nov 2018, 1:27 p.m.
A Bill to make provision, where two or more hereditaments occupied or owned by the same person meet certain conditions as to contiguity, for those hereditaments to be treated for the purposes of non-domestic rating as one hereditament; and to increase the percentage by which a billing authority in England may increase the council tax payable in respect of a long-term empty dwelling.
Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 10 May, 2018 11 May 2018, 1:10 p.m.
A bill to make provision about the granting of old-style secure tenancies in cases of domestic abuse.
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 February, 2018 12 Feb 2018, 2:47 p.m.
A Bill to make provision enabling relief from non-domestic rates in England and Wales to be conferred in respect of hereditaments used for the purposes of facilitating the transmission of communications by any means involving the use of electrical or electromagnetic energy; and for connected purposes.
Tenant Fees Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 12 February, 2019 11 Mar 2019, 5:17 p.m.
Make provision prohibiting landlords and letting agents from requiring certain payments to be made or certain other steps to be taken; to make provision about the payment of holding deposits; to make provision about enforcement and about the lead enforcement authority; to amend the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 about information to be provided by letting agents; to make provision about client money protection schemes; and for connected purposes.
Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 4 July, 2019 2nd reading: House of Lords

11 Jun 2019

5 Jul 2019, 10:21 a.m.
A Bill to make provision enabling the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to incur expenditure in connection with digital services to be provided by them for the purpose of facilitating the administration or payment of non-domestic rates in England

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 - 10 Apr 2019 Debated on - 13 May 2019
18 Sep 2019
closed 4 weeks 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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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee Home Page

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, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


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
8 Oct 2019, 3:34 p.m. Planning Permission: Fees and Charges John Healey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of TerraQuest Ltd's partnership with his Department to run the planning portal on fees charged on that portal.

Answer (Esther McVey)

It has not proved possible to respond to the Rt Hon Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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