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.



Secretary of State

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Robert Jenrick
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Labour
Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
Baroness Blake of Leeds (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
Steve Reed (LAB - Croydon North)
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Baroness Blake of Leeds (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)

Liberal Democrat
Tim Farron (LDEM - Westmorland and Lonsdale)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Scottish National Party
Patricia Gibson (SNP - North Ayrshire and Arran)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Labour
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Mike Amesbury (LAB - Weaver Vale)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Naz Shah (LAB - Bradford West)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)
Jeff Smith (LAB - Manchester, Withington)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Ministers of State
Luke Hall (CON - Thornbury and Yate)
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Lord Greenhalgh (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Christopher Pincher (CON - Tamworth)
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Paul Scully (CON - Sutton and Cheam)
Minister of State (London)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Eddie Hughes (CON - Walsall North)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
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Debates
Wednesday 21st July 2021
Building Safety Regime
Written Statements
Select Committee Docs
Thursday 22nd July 2021
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Select Committee Inquiry
Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Permitted Development Rights

The aim of this short inquiry is to examine the Government’s recent and proposed changes to permitted development rights in …

Written Answers
Thursday 22nd July 2021
Buildings: Fire Prevention
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how funding …
Secondary Legislation
Friday 16th July 2021
Home Loss Payments (Prescribed Amounts) (England) Regulations 2021
These Regulations prescribe the maximum and minimum amount of home loss payments payable in England under section 30(1) of the …
Bills
Monday 5th July 2021
Building Safety Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make provision about the safety of people in or about buildings and the standard of buildings, to …
Dept. Publications
Friday 23rd July 2021
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Commons Appearances

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Jul. 19
Oral Questions
May. 17
Urgent Questions
Jul. 21
Written Statements
Jul. 14
Westminster Hall
Jul. 14
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 15th March 2021 and was enacted into law.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations prescribe the maximum and minimum amount of home loss payments payable in England under section 30(1) of the Land Compensation Act 1973 (c. 26) (”the Act”) and the amount payable under section 30(2) of the Act.
This Order amends, primarily, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“the GPDO”). The GPDO provides, for the purposes of section 59 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8), for the granting of permission for certain classes of development without the requirement for a planning application to be made under Part 3 of that Act. The classes of permission, together with their accompanying conditions, limitations and restrictions, are set out in Schedule 2 to the GPDO.
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Departmental Select Committee

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

Commons 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.

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11 Members of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
Clive Betts Portrait
Clive Betts (Labour - Sheffield South East)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Chair since 27th January 2020
Mohammad Yasin Portrait
Mohammad Yasin (Labour - Bedford)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mary Robinson Portrait
Mary Robinson (Conservative - Cheadle)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Rachel Hopkins Portrait
Rachel Hopkins (Labour - Luton South)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ben Everitt Portrait
Ben Everitt (Conservative - Milton Keynes North)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Brendan Clarke-Smith Portrait
Brendan Clarke-Smith (Conservative - Bassetlaw)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ian Byrne Portrait
Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Bob Blackman Portrait
Bob Blackman (Conservative - Harrow East)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ian Levy Portrait
Ian Levy (Conservative - Blyth Valley)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 20th July 2020
Andrew Lewer Portrait
Andrew Lewer (Conservative - Northampton South)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 22nd February 2021
Florence Eshalomi Portrait
Florence Eshalomi (Labour (Co-op) - Vauxhall)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 22nd February 2021

50 most recent Written Questions

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19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will list the properties in the (a) LS1, (b) LS2, (c) LS10, (d) LS6, (e) LS7 and (f) LS9 postcodes that have (i) applied to the building safety fund and (ii) been approved for funding.

We are unable to publish a list naming individual buildings that have applied to the Building Safety Fund. This reflects the position of the Government not to reveal the identity of high-rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding systems on public safety grounds.

The Department is continuing to work with building owners to progress applications for the Building Safety Fund. Application progress is communicated to registrants who we expect will ensure that their residents are kept fully informed. The latest Building Safety Fund statistics are available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-registration-statistics.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Agent of Change principle in protecting pre-existing cultural venues since its inclusion in the National Planning Policy Framework; and what plans the Government has to put that principle on a statutory footing.

The Government is supportive of ensuring that existing facilities, including cultural venues and businesses, do not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in their area due to new developments. That is why the National Planning Policy Framework includes the ‘agent of change’ principle. This sets out that planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing business and community facilities. It also makes clear that the person or business responsible for the change of use of land is responsible for managing the implications of the change.

Planning practice guidance on Noise provides further detail on how the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses, or facilities can be addressed. Whilst we have not undertaken further assessment of the principle, local authorities will consider the effects on a case by case basis.

We were clear in Planning for the Future that the reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. We received 44,000 responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. We announced in the Queen’s Speech that we will be bringing forward a Planning Bill in the current session of Parliament, and we will publish a response to the White Paper consultation. This will set out our decisions on the proposed way forward.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what protections for pre-existing cultural venues and businesses will be included in the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system.

The Government is supportive of ensuring that existing facilities, including cultural venues and businesses, do not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in their area due to new developments. That is why the National Planning Policy Framework includes the ‘agent of change’ principle. This sets out that planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing business and community facilities. It also makes clear that the person or business responsible for the change of use of land is responsible for managing the implications of the change.

Planning practice guidance on Noise provides further detail on how the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses, or facilities can be addressed. Whilst we have not undertaken further assessment of the principle, local authorities will consider the effects on a case by case basis.

We were clear in Planning for the Future that the reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. We received 44,000 responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. We announced in the Queen’s Speech that we will be bringing forward a Planning Bill in the current session of Parliament, and we will publish a response to the White Paper consultation. This will set out our decisions on the proposed way forward.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what role the Agent of Change principle will have in the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system.

The Government is supportive of ensuring that existing facilities, including cultural venues and businesses, do not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in their area due to new developments. That is why the National Planning Policy Framework includes the ‘agent of change’ principle. This sets out that planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing business and community facilities. It also makes clear that the person or business responsible for the change of use of land is responsible for managing the implications of the change.

Planning practice guidance on Noise provides further detail on how the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses, or facilities can be addressed. Whilst we have not undertaken further assessment of the principle, local authorities will consider the effects on a case by case basis.

We were clear in Planning for the Future that the reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. We received 44,000 responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. We announced in the Queen’s Speech that we will be bringing forward a Planning Bill in the current session of Parliament, and we will publish a response to the White Paper consultation. This will set out our decisions on the proposed way forward.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Agent of Change principle and the protection of pre-existing cultural venues and businesses within the planning system.

The Government is supportive of ensuring that existing facilities, including cultural venues and businesses, do not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in their area due to new developments. That is why the National Planning Policy Framework includes the ‘agent of change’ principle. This sets out that planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing business and community facilities. It also makes clear that the person or business responsible for the change of use of land is responsible for managing the implications of the change.

Planning practice guidance on Noise provides further detail on how the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses, or facilities can be addressed. Whilst we have not undertaken further assessment of the principle, local authorities will consider the effects on a case by case basis.

We were clear in Planning for the Future that the reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. We received 44,000 responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. We announced in the Queen’s Speech that we will be bringing forward a Planning Bill in the current session of Parliament, and we will publish a response to the White Paper consultation. This will set out our decisions on the proposed way forward.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the preservation of the Green Belt of increased housing targets in the Government's proposed changes to planning.

The Government will continue to protect the Green Belt in line with our manifesto commitment. The new method for calculating local housing need introduced last year and reforms to the planning system through the Planning Bill will not change national planning policy on the protection of Green Belt. Local communities will still use local plan policies to establish and protect their Green Belts, and the National Planning Policy Framework will remain a material consideration. The Government has also made clear that local authorities should consider local constraints, such as Green Belt, in the process of planning for new homes.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what impact assessments his Department has undertaken on the effect of the Government's proposed changes to planning on the preservation of Green Belt.

The Government will continue to protect the Green Belt in line with our manifesto commitment. The new method for calculating local housing need introduced last year and reforms to the planning system through the Planning Bill will not change national planning policy on the protection of Green Belt. Local communities will still use local plan policies to establish and protect their Green Belts, and the National Planning Policy Framework will remain a material consideration. The Government has also made clear that local authorities should consider local constraints, such as Green Belt, in the process of planning for new homes.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how funding for remediation of building safety works will be sourced if it cannot be recovered from (a) the original developer of a building or (b) any existing warranties or insurances.

Our £5.1 billion investment in grant funding for cladding remediation on residential buildings of 18 metres and taller in England will protect hundreds of thousands of leaseholders from the cost of remediating unsafe cladding on their homes.

We are also stepping in to provide a generous finance scheme for the remediation of combustible cladding on medium-rise residential buildings, where the risk is lower. Under this scheme leaseholders in residential buildings between 11-18 metres will pay no more than £50 per month towards the cost of combustible cladding remediation.

Government funding does not absolve building owners of their responsibility to ensure that their buildings are safe. They should consider all routes to meet costs, protecting leaseholders where they can - for example through warranties and recovering costs from contractors for incorrect or poor work.

Under the Defective Premises Act, compensation can be claimed from anyone responsible for the defective work, such as developers, builders and other contractors, architects and designers.

We have seen many responsible developers and building owners stepping up to take responsibility for correcting these defects - for example, in more than half of the high-rise private sector buildings with ACM.     

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 1 July 2021, HCWS145 on Revitalising high streets and town centres, what his timetable is for bringing forward the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework in relation to article 4 directions.

The new policy in relation to Article 4 directions came into immediate effect on 1 July 2021. The National Planning Policy Framework was updated with the new wording on 20 July 2021.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the (a) potential merits of calling in the planning Homebase, Manor Road (GLA ref: 4795) planning application and (b) extent to which that planning application is consistent with the (i) Government's policy on local authority decision-making on where tall buildings should be sited in their local authority areas and (ii) principle's set out in paragraph 12 of his Department's National Planning Policy Framework, published in February 2019.

There is nothing I can add to the decision letter of 14 January 2021 and the application therefore remains for determination by the Mayor of London.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will meet with the hon. Member for Richmond Park to discuss the Homebase, Manor Road (GLA ref: 4795) planning application.

Due to the Secretary of State’s quasi-judicial role in the planning system, it would not be appropriate to meet to discuss an individual planning application.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has any grant funding schemes in place to help local authorities meet the cost of providing more authorised sites for travellers; and if he will make a statement.

The Government encourages local planning authorities to increase the number of traveller sites in appropriate locations and are supporting efforts through the new Affordable Homes Programme. Local authorities, and social housing providers can bid for funding through the £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26 which will leverage up to £38 billion of private and public investment, and includes funding for permanent traveller sites and transit sites.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether officials of his Department have communicated via (a) email, (b) written letter, (c) text message, (d) video call and (e) in person with Sir Michael Fallon or any other representative of Avanton from 1 December 2019 to the 19 July 2021.

Sir Michael Fallon has not contacted the Department. Any representations on planning matters are handled in accordance with published propriety guidance.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many (a) local authorities in England have used Article 4 directions and (b) times each local authority has used an article 4 direction in each of the last five years.

The information is not held in the format requested and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities in England have used Article 4 directions to remove permitted development rights for the conversion of commercial space to residential properties.

The information is not held in the format requested and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2021 to Question 29805 on Local Government: Coronavirus, what budget has been made available for enforcement activities in respect of ventilation of council-managed buildings in each of the last ten years; what enforcement action has been taken in respect of ventilation of council-managed buildings in each of the last ten years; and when he most recently discussed the ventilation of council-managed buildings with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) other local government representative bodies and (c) trade unions recognised in English local government.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department plans to take in response to the National Audit Office report entitled Local government and net zero in England, published 16 July 2021.

The Government welcomes the NAO report and is carefully considering each recommendation


Further details of how we intend to work with local government to reach net zero will be set out in the Net Zero Strategy, to be published prior to COP26.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding from the £64 million Changing Futures programme will be allocated to South Tyneside.

Changing Futures will work in 15 local areas to test new approaches to improve outcomes for adults experiencing multiple disadvantage, with almost £64 million in total programme funding from the Government's Shared Outcomes Fund (£46 million) and aligned funding from The National Lottery Community Fund (£17.9 million)


Northumbria is one of these local partnerships, covering South Tyneside and five other local authority areas (Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Sunderland). The Northumbria partnership will receive £5.089 million in grant between 2021/22-2023/24 to support their delivery plan for the Changing Futures programme

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which of his Department's non-executive directors were appointed through open competition.

I can confirm that all six of the current Non-Executive Directors within the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government were appointed through fair and open competition. Recruitment campaigns were run in line with standard practice for public appointments as set out in the Cabinet Office guidance.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the financial impact on leaseholders attempting to purchase the freehold of their building, of development potential costs incurred as a result of an existing freeholder intending to exercise permitted development rights of upward extension for the construction of additional flats; and if he will make a statement.

The Impact Assessments published alongside changes to permitted development rights (available at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukia/2020/79/pdfs/ukia_20200079_en.pdf and https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukia/2020/43/pdfs/ukia_20200043_en.pdf ), set out an assessment of their impacts, including on leaseholders.

We announced in January changes to enfranchisement valuation to make it easier, cheaper and simpler for leaseholders to extend their lease or buy their freehold. This includes allowing leaseholders to voluntarily agree to a restriction on future development of their property to avoid paying 'development value'.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Community Ownership Fund will be opened to applications.

The bidding prospectus, guidance notes and application form for the community ownership fund were published on 15 July and the first bidding round is now open. Applicants will be able to complete the online application form from 30 July and the first bidding round will close on 13 August. There will be future bidding rounds in December 2021 and May 2022.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that early intervention support is available for tenants experiencing difficulties in meeting the cost of their rent.

The UK Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support during the pandemic, which is available to tenants.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit are in place until the end of September helping renters to continue paying their rent. Local housing allowance rates have been maintained at their increased level in cash terms in 2021/22, meaning claimants renting in the private rented sector continue to benefit from the significant increase in the local housing allowance rates applied in April 2020.

For those who require additional support, Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are available. For 2021-22 the Government has made £140 million available in DHP funding, building on the £180m provided last year.

To help those at risk of homelessness we are providing local authorities with £310 million through the Homelessness Prevention Grant. This funding represents a £47 million increase on the previous year's funding and can be used to offer financial support for people to find a new home, to work with landlords to prevent evictions, and to ensure families have a roof over their head. Tenants in need of additional support should speak to their local council for more information.

Renters also continue to benefit from longer notice periods, giving them more time to make alternative arrangements. As of 1 June, until at least 30 September, notice periods must be at least 4 months except in the most egregious cases.  Bailiffs have been asked not to carry out an eviction if anyone living in the property has Covid-19 symptoms or is self-isolating.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 2.124 of the Budget 2021 Red Book, if he will provide an update on when the (a) bidding prospectus for the Community Ownership Fund will be published and (b) first bidding round is due to open.

The bidding prospectus for the Community Ownership Fund was published on 15 July and the first bidding round is now open. Applicants will be able to complete the online application form from 30 July and the first bidding round will close on 13 August. There will be future bidding rounds in December 2021 and May 2022.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the impact that increasing levels of isolations as a result of close contact with people testing positive for covid-19 will have on the ability of local authorities to deliver services.

It is essential that everyone continues to follow national guidance on self isolation, it remains a legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they test positive and are told to do so, or are told to isolate as a close contact of a positive case by NHS Test and Trace. The public should continue to download and use the latest version of the NHS Covid-19 app to help reduce the spread of the virus


Local authorities in England have a statutory duty to provide a range of services to their communities. Local authorities have business continuity plans in place in order to continue to deliver these services and mitigate against any disruptions. Ministers and officials from my Department continue to have regular discussions with local partners to ensure appropriate plans are in place.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what due diligence assessment was carried out on the pension liabilities of applicant firms as part of the Freeports bidding process.

The Freeport model will comprise a broad coalition of local partners, including businesses, local authorities and ports. Trustees and employers have a wide range of legal duties in respect of workplace schemes, including and are responsible for compliance with legislative funding requirements. The Pension Regulator is the regulator of work based pension schemes, and has a range of powers that it may use to intervene, and to take action, primarily against trustees and employers, where they do not comply with their duties.

As set out in the Bidding Prospectus, each Freeport was asked in their bid proposals to summarise their preferred governance structure. The Freeport Governance Body will need to meet core standards and criteria on governance, including compliance with MHCLG requirements on monitoring and evaluation. The Government is assessing the proposals and will work with the Freeports to ensure that governance is robust. The relevant public body (Local Authority or Authorities or Mayoral Combined Authority) of the Freeport Governance Body will be accountable to MHCLG for the expenditure and management of public money.

The Freeport Governance Body will be responsible for the effective delivery of the Freeport according to the economic strategy determined through the bidding process and the Freeport Governance Body will work with Government to ensure the Freeport stays aligned with national policy and delivers on its monitoring and evaluation commitments.

The Government recognises rigorous monitoring and evaluation will be key to the success of the Freeports. The Government fully intends to evaluate the impact of Freeports and will be publishing its monitoring and evaluation strategy in due course.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what ongoing monitoring and evaluation processes he has put in place in respect of the (a) financial sustainability and (b) pensions obligations of firms selected to operate freeports.

The Freeport model will comprise a broad coalition of local partners, including businesses, local authorities and ports. Trustees and employers have a wide range of legal duties in respect of workplace schemes, including and are responsible for compliance with legislative funding requirements. The Pension Regulator is the regulator of work based pension schemes, and has a range of powers that it may use to intervene, and to take action, primarily against trustees and employers, where they do not comply with their duties.

As set out in the Bidding Prospectus, each Freeport was asked in their bid proposals to summarise their preferred governance structure. The Freeport Governance Body will need to meet core standards and criteria on governance, including compliance with MHCLG requirements on monitoring and evaluation. The Government is assessing the proposals and will work with the Freeports to ensure that governance is robust. The relevant public body (Local Authority or Authorities or Mayoral Combined Authority) of the Freeport Governance Body will be accountable to MHCLG for the expenditure and management of public money.

The Freeport Governance Body will be responsible for the effective delivery of the Freeport according to the economic strategy determined through the bidding process and the Freeport Governance Body will work with Government to ensure the Freeport stays aligned with national policy and delivers on its monitoring and evaluation commitments.

The Government recognises rigorous monitoring and evaluation will be key to the success of the Freeports. The Government fully intends to evaluate the impact of Freeports and will be publishing its monitoring and evaluation strategy in due course.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will carry out a review of the pension liabilities of firms selected to operate freeports; and if he will make a statement.

The Freeport model will comprise a broad coalition of local partners, including businesses, local authorities and ports. Trustees and employers have a wide range of legal duties in respect of workplace schemes, including and are responsible for compliance with legislative funding requirements. The Pension Regulator is the regulator of work based pension schemes, and has a range of powers that it may use to intervene, and to take action, primarily against trustees and employers, where they do not comply with their duties.

As set out in the Bidding Prospectus, each Freeport was asked in their bid proposals to summarise their preferred governance structure. The Freeport Governance Body will need to meet core standards and criteria on governance, including compliance with MHCLG requirements on monitoring and evaluation. The Government is assessing the proposals and will work with the Freeports to ensure that governance is robust. The relevant public body (Local Authority or Authorities or Mayoral Combined Authority) of the Freeport Governance Body will be accountable to MHCLG for the expenditure and management of public money.

The Freeport Governance Body will be responsible for the effective delivery of the Freeport according to the economic strategy determined through the bidding process and the Freeport Governance Body will work with Government to ensure the Freeport stays aligned with national policy and delivers on its monitoring and evaluation commitments.

The Government recognises rigorous monitoring and evaluation will be key to the success of the Freeports. The Government fully intends to evaluate the impact of Freeports and will be publishing its monitoring and evaluation strategy in due course.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his officials have had with successful applicants to run freeports on their ongoing pension liabilities.

The Freeport model will comprise a broad coalition of local partners, including businesses, local authorities and ports. Trustees and employers have a wide range of legal duties in respect of workplace schemes, including and are responsible for compliance with legislative funding requirements. The Pension Regulator is the regulator of work based pension schemes, and has a range of powers that it may use to intervene, and to take action, primarily against trustees and employers, where they do not comply with their duties.

As set out in the Bidding Prospectus, each Freeport was asked in their bid proposals to summarise their preferred governance structure. The Freeport Governance Body will need to meet core standards and criteria on governance, including compliance with MHCLG requirements on monitoring and evaluation. The Government is assessing the proposals and will work with the Freeports to ensure that governance is robust. The relevant public body (Local Authority or Authorities or Mayoral Combined Authority) of the Freeport Governance Body will be accountable to MHCLG for the expenditure and management of public money.

The Freeport Governance Body will be responsible for the effective delivery of the Freeport according to the economic strategy determined through the bidding process and the Freeport Governance Body will work with Government to ensure the Freeport stays aligned with national policy and delivers on its monitoring and evaluation commitments.

The Government recognises rigorous monitoring and evaluation will be key to the success of the Freeports. The Government fully intends to evaluate the impact of Freeports and will be publishing its monitoring and evaluation strategy in due course.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure that there is an element within the UK Shared Prosperity Fund reserved for research organisations which have had particular dependency on Interreg cross-border funding in order to maintain continuity of research and UK participation in these fields.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers.

This Government will ensure that the UK Government and its institutions are working effectively to realise the benefits of four nations working together as one United Kingdom.

Spending Review 2020 set out the main strategic elements of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the Heads of Terms.  The Government will publish a UK-wide investment framework later this year and confirm its funding profile at the next Spending Review.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken within the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to replicate the specific functions performed by the Interreg scheme in supporting cross-border research and development.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers.

This Government will ensure that the UK Government and its institutions are working effectively to realise the benefits of four nations working together as one United Kingdom.

Spending Review 2020 set out the main strategic elements of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the Heads of Terms.  The Government will publish a UK-wide investment framework later this year and confirm its funding profile at the next Spending Review.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to (a) review the council tax banding system and (b) update the associated property valuations of that system.

The Government has no plans to review the council tax banding of properties in England or carry out a council tax revaluation. A revaluation would be expensive to undertake and could result in increases in bills for many households. This happened following the council tax revaluation in Wales when 33% of all homes there were placed in a higher band compared to 8% of homes that were placed in a lower band.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on developing (a) a single independent appeals service for motorists in receipt of a private parking charge and (b) an Appeals Charter to protect motorists from charges that are unfair or issued in error.

In its response to the parking Code Enforcement Framework consultation in March 2021, the Government announced its intention to implement a series of fairer parking measures which will benefit motorists. These include the creation of a single independent appeals service for motorists to turn to if they receive a private parking charge and an Appeals Charter which will protect motorists from charges that are unfair or issued in error.

On 26 May, the Government announced that it will conduct a further technical consultation on its proposed changes to parking charges, seeking views from motorists, parking operators and landowners on the level of private parking charges, including the Appeals Charter. This will help deliver a fair, proportionate and consistent system across the country. Further details of the consultation, including delivery timescales for the single appeals service, will be announced shortly.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that the research and development of marine energy technologies, which has been dependent on funding under the Interreg scheme, is not disadvantaged under the transition to a UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and if he will make a statement.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers.

This Government will ensure that the UK Government and its institutions are working effectively to realise the benefits of four nations working together as one United Kingdom.

Spending Review 2020 set out the main strategic elements of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the Heads of Terms. This stated that UK Shared Prosperity investment should be aligned with the government's clean growth and net zero objectives. The Government will publish a UK-wide investment framework later this year and confirm its funding profile at the next Spending Review.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when Fakenham, Norfolk is planned to receive funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

The deadline for bid submission has now passed. Officials are currently assessing the bids received and funding decisions will be announced in due course. Successful project applicants will have until 31st March 2022 to deliver their projects.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to make a decision on temporarily suspending the need for planning permission on authorised temporary campsites due to the covid-19 outbreak.

A statement was made to the house on 28 June 2021 about supporting tourism in England. This introduced temporary provisions to stay in force over the course of this holiday season, due to expire on 31 October 2021. The statement instructs local authorities to exercise their discretion in regard to planning enforcement, and only take action against pop up campsites or the expansion of existing campsites where there are significant adverse effects on amenity, public health and safety or the environment.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to subject the upcoming planning Bill to pre-legislative scrutiny.

We will be publishing a full response to the Planning for the Future White Paper.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many EWS1 qualified fire assessors have (a) received their training and (b) been deployed in each month since January 2021.

In November, we announced nearly £700,000 to train up to 2,000 more assessors, which should speed up the valuation process for homeowners in cases where an EWS1 form is required. This training is being delivered by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This training commenced in January, and there are now around 880 candidates enrolled on the course. Following successful completion, they will be able to carry out EWS1 assessments.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of nutrient neutrality requirements on levels of approval of planning applications in Somerset.

We do not collect information on the number of planning applications that are delayed or not approved due to the nutrient pollution issue, but this data may be held at a local level by Local Planning Authorities. As such as we have not made a direct assessment of the number of planning applications that have not been approved due to the nutrient pollution issue in the Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar. The Government is working to tackle nutrients pollution. Together with DEFRA, we have set up a monthly Government task force involving Natural England and the Environment Agency to ensure a clear action plan is in place, focusing on solutions for both permitting housebuilding to resume while not compromising the condition of Protected Sites. Alongside this, we are continuing to support Local Planning Authorities through the work of the Planning Advisory Service.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what data his Department holds on the number of brownfield sites that have been granted planning permission in England since January 2020.

The Department does not hold information on the information requested.

It is for each local authority to consider how best the land in its area should be used, and to plan accordingly, and to identify and publish in its Brownfield Register those sites it finds suitable for housing-led redevelopment.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether officials in his Department working on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework have undertaken analysis of varying approaches to the delivery of affordable and social housing by local authorities along the Arc.

The development of the Spatial Framework is at a very early stage. In preparing the Spatial Framework we are committed to going through a robust process of building our evidence base to understand the most sustainable approach to housing growth for the Arc, and will go beyond the typical local planning horizon by planning to 2050. The Spatial Framework therefore presents the opportunity to set future expectations for affordable housing that can be delivered in a way that meets the needs of local residents.

In February, when we formally launched the process to develop the Spatial Framework, we committed to conducting wide and meaningful engagement to give as many people as possible the opportunity to help shape the Spatial Framework.

Today we launched the first of three public consultations on the Spatial Framework, which will include consulting on the issue of affordable housing and meeting the future housing needs of the area: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/creating-a-vision-for-the-oxford-cambridge-arc.

We intend to carry out three phases of planned public consultation for the Spatial Framework over a two-year period, so there will be two further opportunities for people to have their say. The next stage of the Spatial Framework consultation, which we hope will take place in Spring 2022, will focus on policy options to deliver sustainable growth in the Arc to 2050, including policy options relating to housing.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether officials in his Department working on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework have undertaken analysis of the engagement of representatives of cities and other urban areas along the Arc in the Arc governance bodies; and if he will make a statement.

When we formally launched the process to develop the Spatial Framework, we announced our intention to work closely with local partners throughout its development. Local authorities will therefore be encouraged to engage in all three public consultations and will have the opportunity to further engage through on-going discussions with government.

We also frequently engage with a wide range of local representatives and partners from across the breadth of the Arc’s communities to ensure all local views shape how we unlock the unique potential of the region.

An analysis of stakeholder engagement on the Spatial Framework will be released following the first public consultation this Summer, which was launched today, when we will publish a summary of comments received and our response to the consultation.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13th July 2021 to Question 29072 on Landlords: Licensing, which three local authorities currently have schemes under consideration.

Due to potential commercial and political sensitivities, we are unable to provide the names of councils with schemes under consideration.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to help ensure that housing associations assess best value when undertaking (a) property maintenance and (b) building enhancement works.

Housing associations are independent organisations and are responsible for ensuring that they appropriately assess any expenditure on their homes. Those that are registered with the Regulator of Social Housing must ensure they comply with the regulator's consumer and economic standards.

The Regulator's Home Standard requires that registered providers ensure a prudent, planned approach to repairs and maintenance of homes and communal areas. This should demonstrate an appropriate balance of planned and responsive repairs, and value for money.  The Home Standard is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-standard/home-standard-2015

The Regulator of Social Housing's Value for Money Standard requires that providers ensure that their resources and assets are used optimally, ensuring economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of their organisation's strategic objectives. Registered providers must demonstrate consideration of value for money across their whole business. The Value for Money Standard and the Value for Money Report are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/value-for-money-standard/value-for-money-standard-april-2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2020-global-accounts-of-private-registered-providers/value-for-money-metrics-report-annex-to-global-accounts-2020

Providers are expected to demonstrate to the Regulator of Social Housing that their approach to achieving value for money is robust and there is a rigorous appraisal of potential options for improvement. Performance in achieving value for money should be regularly monitored and reported against and they must annually publish evidence in their statutory accounts to enable stakeholders to understand their performance against their value for money targets. Where underperformance is identified, providers must clearly outline their plans to address this or provide a rationale for why this would not be appropriate.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that residents of housing association schemes are consulted on changes to their service charge.

The law is already clear that service charges, and any increase in costs, must be reasonable and where costs relate to work or services, the work or services must be of a reasonable standard. The consultation process set out in Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 further sets out a process associated with major works. A determination of the Tribunal is required if the consultation requirement is to be dispensed with. In addition residents may make an application to the First-tier Tribunal for it to make a determination on the reasonableness of their service charges or on section 20 grounds.

The Government's policy statement on rents for social housing tenants (published in February 2019) states that where new or extended services are introduced, and an additional service charge may need to be made, registered providers of social housing should consult with tenants.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities are adequately resourced to undertake carbon reduction retrofitting of local authority homes.

Undertaking carbon reduction retrofitting is a crucial step in achieving our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will contribute towards our Carbon Budget targets and our legally binding fuel poverty targets. The 2019 Conservative Manifesto included a commitment to a £3.8 billion Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) over a 10-year period, ​administered by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to support local authorities and housing associations to improve the energy performance of social rented homes. £62 million has so far been awarded to 19 local authority-led Demonstrator projects across the country, covering over 2,300 social homes, to test innovative approaches to retrofitting at scale. Beyond these projects, there will be around £160 million total funding for the first wave of the SHDF programme in 2021/22 to make further progress towards delivering the government's commitment to invest in the energy performance of homes.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department instructed local authorities as part of funding agreements for the Rough Sleeping Initiative to end the use of hotels and other emergency accommodation for rough sleepers by the end of March 2021.

The Department did not instruct local authorities to end the use of hotels and emergency accommodation by 31 March 2021. We have been working closely with local authorities throughout this pandemic to ensure that all those accommodated have access to the support that they need, including move-on into longer-term, sustainable accommodation. As part of this we are working with local authorities to gradually reduce dependence on the use of hotels, intended as an interim measure, to save life and before people were supported into longer-term, more sustainable options. By the end of January, we had supported over 37,000 people with over 11,000 in emergency accommodation and over 26,000 already moved on into longer-term accommodation. To support this, we have provided:

  • £203 million investment through the Rough Sleeping Initiative this year (2021-2022) - an 81% increase from the £112 million provided last year - funding up to 14,500 bed spaces and 2,700 support staff across England. This includes immediate work to support people off the street, moving people on from emergency accommodation as well as longer-term housing-led solutions and more sustainable accommodation such as private rented sector access schemes.
  • The £433 million Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme to provide 6,000 move-on homes, available as long-term assets, and accompanying support services to those who are rough sleeping or who have a history of sleeping rough.

We've been clear with councils and partners that everyone helped into accommodation should be offered the tailored support they need to move forwards.

This Government remains committed to ending rough sleeping this parliament, recent data shows that rough sleeping has fallen 43% under this administration, with a 37% fall in the last year alone.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to protect community assets and heritage buildings that are at risk of being lost.

On 15 July the Government launched the first bidding for the UK wide £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help community groups to save assets at risk of loss. The fund will run for 4-years and help communities protect assets which are locally important and deliver a community benefit


The Government has also taken steps to safeguard local heritage through a campaign to encourage local authorities, working with their communities, to identify locally important historic buildings and assets for inclusion in their local heritage list. £1.5 million of funding has been made available to 22 areas across England to take forward this work.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of incidents where tenants have deliberately withheld rent from their landlords on the grounds that they cannot be evicted under the covid-19 regulations.

The Department does not collect this information. Statistics collected by the Department show that, in October-December 2020 (the latest period for which data is available) the vast majority of tenants were up to date with their rental payments.

The Department has been clear throughout the coronavirus pandemic that tenants must continue to pay their rent and has put in place an unprecedented package of support to assist them in doing so. This includes the furlough scheme and boosting the welfare safety net with billions of pounds, preventing widespread rent arrears. .

Legislation was in place to prevent bailiffs from serving eviction notices and carrying out evictions, except in the most serious circumstances, from 17 November 2020 until 31 May 2021. However, there were exemptions for the most serious circumstances, including serious rent arrears.

Since 1 June, bailiffs have been permitted to enforce valid warrants of possession. This ensures that landlords can exercise their right to justice and reflects the gradual easing of national restrictions. Bailiffs must provide 14 days' notice of an eviction and have been asked to reschedule the eviction appointment if the tenant has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department plans to put in place to ensure effective future accommodation pathways can be offered to all rough sleepers currently in emergency accommodation.

We have taken huge steps working with local authorities and their partners to protect rough sleepers during the pandemic. This work has not stopped, and by the end of January, we had supported over 37,000 people with over 11,000 in emergency accommodation and over 26,000 already moved on into longer-term accommodation.

We are committed to ending rough sleeping within this parliament, and that means making sure as few people supported return to the streets as possible.

Our work focuses on helping people find longer term accommodation, as well as supporting those new to the street. Our work includes:

  • The £433 million Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme to provide 6,000 move-on homes, available as long-term assets, and accompanying support services to those who are rough sleeping or who have a history of sleeping rough.
  • £203 million investment through the Rough Sleeping Initiative this year (2021-2022) - an 81% increase from the £112 million provided last year - funding up to 14,500 bed spaces and 2,700 support staff across England. This includes immediate work to support people off the street as well as longer-term housing-led solutions.
Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)