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
Luke Hall MP - Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP - Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Paul Scully MP - Minister of State (London)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Kelly Tolhurst MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Oct 2020, 4:52 p.m.
Councils are working tirelessly to support their communities through the pandemic and we’re investing up to £25 million for ‘Community Champions’ to help protect those most at risk by building trust, reducing transmission and ultimately helping to save lives. https://t.co/8t7zVzH5Ke - Link
22 Oct 2020, 4:33 p.m.
We’re giving councils a further £1 billion to support them during this unprecedented time. It brings the total funding provided directly to councils during the pandemic so far to £6.4 billion. #LocalGov #CouncilsCan #ReThinkLocal https://t.co/7YYSnyP36k https://t.co/zX3PQ3qXyZ - 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
Oct. 05 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 23 Urgent Questions End of Eviction Moratorium
Oct. 14 Westminster Hall Capital Infrastructure Projects: Bristol
Sep. 01 Adjournment Debate Radlett Airfield Site
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 September, 2020 17 Sep 2020, 1:16 p.m.
A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No. 2) Bill 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 21 October, 2020 22 Oct 2020, 10:26 a.m.
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.
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill [HL] 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 18 March, 2020 22 Oct 2020, 10:21 a.m.
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

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
15 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Construction Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations amend the Construction Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/465) (“the 2019 Regulations”) before they come into force, and also make additional standalone provision in relation to Northern Ireland. Broadly the amendments in this instrument restrict the amendments in the 2019 Regulations so instead of having effect in relation to the United Kingdom they have effect in relation to Great Britain only. Schedule 2 amends the Construction Products Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/1387) so that the enforcement rules in those Regulations apply only in relation to the construction products regime in Great Britain (and not the whole of the United Kingdom). Schedule 3 sets out enforcement rules in relation to the construction products regime in Northern Ireland.
Laid
7 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Non-domestic Rating (Rates Retention, Levy and Safety Net and Levy Account: Basis of Distribution) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations amend the Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/452) (“the Rates Retention Regulations”), the Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/737) (“the Levy and Safety Net Regulations”) and the Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention and Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) and (Levy Account: Basis of Distribution) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/709) (the “Basis of Distribution Regulations”). The Regulations being amended are all part of the system of local retention of non-domestic rates, established by Schedule 7B to the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (“the rates retention system”).
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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, 1 month 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
22 Oct 2020, 12:54 p.m. James Wild (Conservative - North West Norfolk) James Wild (Conservative - North West Norfolk)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward a statutory instrument to extend the additional 28 day permitted development period for the use of land for any purpose provided under the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 beyond 31 December 2020.

Answered by Christopher Pincher - Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

These time-limited measures were introduced to support businesses and communities during the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to keep temporary rights under review.

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