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
Mr Simon Clarke 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
Luke Hall MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
David Linden (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Thangam Debbonaire (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
Steve Reed (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)
Shadow Ministers
Kate Hollern (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Mike Amesbury (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Naz Shah (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

15 Aug 2020, 10:02 a.m.
HRH The Prince of Wales will today lead a national two minutes silence to mark Victory over Japan Day, which ended the Second World War and pay tribute to the British veterans of the war in the Far East. Watch the service https://t.co/6QwvSeaFmB #VJDay https://t.co/SToB6qaDfY - Link
15 Aug 2020, 9:03 a.m.
Today we remember the British soldiers, sailors and airmen who fought to bring an end to the Second World War and the surrender of Japan 75 years ago. We must never forget the incredible sacrifices of the veterans of the war in the Far East and thank them for their service #VJDay https://t.co/C0Cmsg6rP5 - 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
Jul. 20 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 22 Urgent Questions Rented Homes: End of Evictions Ban
Mar. 18 Westminster Hall Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and the Green Belt
Jul. 14 Adjournment Debate Flammable Cladding Removal
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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 Programme motion: House of Commons Committee stage: House of Commons

3 Sep 2020

21 Jul 2020, 10:20 a.m.
A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill [HL] 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 18 March, 2020 27 Mar 2020, 10:49 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
13 Aug 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
Explanatory text not available
Laid
6 Aug 2020
In Force
31 Aug 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Rating Lists (Valuation Date) (England) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
By virtue of sections 41(2A) and 52(2A) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (“the 1988 Act”), non-domestic rating lists for England are to be compiled on 1st April 2017 and every fifth year afterwards. Paragraph 2(3)(b) of Schedule 6 to the 1988 Act provides the Secretary of State with the power to specify the day by reference to which properties are to be valued for the purposes of compiling new lists.
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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 11 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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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
11 Aug 2020, 3 p.m. Holiday Accommodation: Homelessness Baroness Gardner of Parkes

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for providing access to unused holiday lets accommodation in London to homeless people.

Answer (Lord Greenhalgh)

Almost 15,000 vulnerable people have been housed in emergency accommodation, including hotels, since the start of the COVID-19 emergency. This includes people coming in directly from the streets, people previously housed in shared night shelters and people who have become vulnerable to rough sleeping during the pandemic.

On 24 June we announced that we are providing local authorities with a further £105 million to enable them to best support those placed into emergency accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic. This commitment will help to ensure that as few of these people as possible return to the streets.

We also recently announced that £160 million of Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme funding will help ensure that 6,000 new housing units are put into the system, with 3,300 of these becoming available within 2020/21. We expect local authorities and registered providers to bring forward units of accommodation from a variety of sources and this could potentially include repurposing other buildings where appropriate.

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