The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the UK Government department for housing, 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.
|Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government|
|Headquarters||2 Marsham Street, London, England|
|Annual budget||£28.1 billion (current) & £3.5 billion (capital) for 2011-12 |
The MHCLG's ministers are as follows:
|The Rt Hon. James Brokenshire MP||Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
||Overall leadership of the Ministry, Troubled Families|
|Kit Malthouse MP||Minister of State for Housing and Planning
||Housing, Ebbsfleet, planning policy, neighbourhood planning, lead minister on the Housing Bill, planning casework, London|
|Jake Berry MP||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth||Northern Powerhouse, city deals, European Regional Development Fund, Enterprise Zones and Local Enterprise Partnerships, building regulations, supporting minister on the Devolution Bill, planning casework|
|Rishi Sunak MP||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government||Local Government policy and finances, adult social care, local government pensions and interventions policy, troubled families, parks/green space|
|Heather Wheeler MP||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Homelessness||Homelessness and rough sleeping, private-rented sector, Housing Ombudsman and redress, leasehold reform,voluntary right-to-buy, home buying process reform, domestic abuse and refuges, supported housing,|
|The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State||Departmental business in the House of Lords, local government finance and policy, integration and faith, High Speed Rail 2 (HS2), Travellers, supporting the Secretary of State on City Deals and Troubled Families, women and equalities (supporting the Department for Education in the House of Lords)|
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).
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 Department for Education.
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.
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.
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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is unitary local authority for the district of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole that came into being on 1 April 2019. It was created from the areas that were previously administered by the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole and the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch.The first elections to the council took place in May 2019.Dorset Council (UK)
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East Suffolk is a local government district in Suffolk, England, which was established on 1 April 2019, following the merger of the existing Suffolk Coastal and Waveney districts. At the 2011 census, the two districts had a combined population of 239,552.
The main towns in the new district include Aldeburgh, Beccles, Bungay, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Halesworth, Leiston, Lowestoft, Saxmundham and Southwold as well parts of the wider Ipswich built-up area including Kesgrave, Martlesham and Woodbridge.
The district covers a smaller area compared to the former administrative county of East Suffolk, which was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972.Heather Wheeler
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Christopher Laurie Malthouse (born 27 October 1966) is a British Conservative Party politician, businessman and occasional writer. He was elected in the May 2015 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Hampshire. He was previously the Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, and a member of the London Assembly representing the West Central constituency, which encompasses the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
He was formerly Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority and the first Statutory Deputy Mayor for Policing, and a former city councillor and Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, London. Following the 2018 Cabinet reshuffle, Malthouse was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. In July 2018, he was appointed Minister of State for Housing, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Malthouse was credited as the convener of an agreement between limited factions of the Conservative party on Brexit, The Malthouse Compromise in January 2019. The Malthouse Compromise was later voted down in Parliament in March 2019.Marsham Street
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The Ministry of Housing and Local Government was a United Kingdom government department formed after the Second World War, covering the areas of housing and local government.
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The ministry was headed by the Minister of Housing and Local Government.
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The Regulator of Social Housing regulates registered providers of social housing. This function was transferred from the Homes and Communities Agency in October 2018. Until April 2012 it was performed by the Tenant Services Authority. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
It maintains a list of registered social housing providers.
It has challenged the business model of some providers where rent income from housing benefit payments is less than lease expenditure.See also Scottish Housing RegulatorSecretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
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The Agency values properties for the purpose of Council Tax and for non-domestic rates in England and Wales (in Scotland this function is performed by the Scottish Assessors). This work is undertaken on behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in England, and the Welsh Government in Wales.
The Agency also provides additional valuation services to HM Revenue and Customs through its District Valuer Services business stream. This includes property valuations for the purpose of assessing taxes, such as capital gains and inheritance tax. District Valuer Services also provide a wide range of valuation services to the public sector, such as asset valuations for resource accounting and compulsory purchase advice on the purchase and sale of property, specialist building surveying advice, and valuation of mineral bearing property, landfill sites and plant and machinery.
Since April 2008 following a restructure, District Valuer Services has been divided into National and Central Services, who look after the Agency's statutory services to HMRC, and Commercial Services who provide commercial property valuation services to the public sector.
The predecessors of the Valuation Office Agency were the separate Valuation Office organisations in England and Wales (established in 1910) and in Scotland (established in 1911). The Valuation Office Agency was created as a merger of these two and became a Next Steps Agency of the Inland Revenue on 30 September 1991.
The VOA employs 3,990 people (full-time equivalent) in 86 offices.
It is the largest single employer of Chartered
Surveyors in the UK. The current Chief Executive is Melissa Tatton, appointed in September 2017.
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The main towns in the new district are Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Brandon, Haverhill and Mildenhall.
The district covers a smaller area compared to the former administrative county of West Suffolk, which was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972.
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