Department for Communities and Local Government

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Department for Communities and
Local Government
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Department overview
Formed May 2006
Jurisdiction England
Headquarters 2 Marsham Street, London, England
Annual budget £28.1 billion (current) & £3.5 billion (capital) for 2011-12 [1]
Minister responsible The Rt Hon. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Website www.gov.uk/dclg
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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is the UK Government department for 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, London.

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.

Ministers[edit]

The Communities and Local Government ministers are as follows:[2]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP Secretary of State Overall strategic direction of the Department. Main areas of responsibility include: Supporting local government; Communities and neighbourhoods; Local economic growth; Housing; Planning and building; Fire.
Brandon Lewis, MP Minister of State Housing and planning. Main areas of responsibility include: Housing (including Ebbsfleet); Planning policy; Neighbourhood planning; Lead minister on the Housing Bill; Planning casework.
Mark Francois MP Minister of State Communities and Resilience. Main areas of responsibility include: Coastal communities and Thames Gateway; Fire and resilience; Departmental finance and corporate issues; Overview of local government policy and finance; Deregulation; Lead minister on the Devolution Bill; Minister for Portsmouth.
Marcus Jones MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Minister for Local Government. Main areas of responsibility include: Local government policy, including adult social care and children’s services; Local government finance; Homelessness; Community rights, including community pubs; High streets, town centres and markets; Welfare reform; Supporting minister on the Housing Bill; Planning casework.
James Wharton MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse. Main areas of responsibility include: Northern Powerhouse, supporting the Secretary of State on City Deals; European Regional Development Fund; Enterprise Zones & Local Enterprise Partnerships; Building regulations; Supporting minister on the Devolution Bill; Planning casework.
Baroness Williams of Trafford Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Main areas of responsibility include: Departmental business in the House of Lords; Productivity, procurement and value for money; European programmes; transparency; Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

The Permanent Secretary is Melanie Dawes who took up her post on 1 March 2015.[3]

Background[edit]

DCLG 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.[4][5] During the 5 May 2006 reshuffle of Tony Blair's government, it was renamed and Ruth Kelly became the first Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Responsibilities[edit]

The department is responsible for UK Government policy in the following areas, mainly in England:[6]

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.

Executive agencies[edit]

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[7] and on 28 February 2013 the Fire Service College was sold to Capita.[8]

Non-departmental public bodies[edit]

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 Communities and Local Government to form a new unified housing and regeneration agency, the Homes and Communities Agency. 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 [9] which led to the creation of 9 Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs) with devolved funding of £185m to drive sector led improvement for councils.

Devolution[edit]

Its main counterparts in the devolved nations of the UK are as follows.

Scotland

  • Governance and Communities Directorate
  • Justice Directorate

Northern Ireland

Wales

See also[edit]

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