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

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

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


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

14 Jan 2021, 1:34 p.m.
Cooperation between Government and the industry to keep the housing market open has meant housing completions were up 185% between July and September last year compared to the previous quarter, according to our statistics out today. Read more: https://t.co/1RZbutvWm6 https://t.co/TQ2EIdwjWx - Link
14 Jan 2021, 12:39 p.m.
Our housing supply statistics out today show that despite the challenges of the pandemic, new starts on housing were around 2019 levels, thanks to steps taken to keep the market open. Read more: https://t.co/1RZbutvWm6 https://t.co/6BCzE7BmRE - 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
Jan. 11 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Nov. 18 Urgent Questions Towns Fund
Jan. 14 Written Statements Contingencies Fund Advance
Dec. 16 Westminster Hall Winter Homelessness Support
Dec. 14 Adjournment Debate Dark Skies
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


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


Last Event - 1st reading : House of Lords
Monday 7th September 2020
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Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Lords
Monday 18th January 2021

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.


Last Event - 1st reading : House of Lords
Wednesday 21st October 2020
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Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Lords
Monday 18th January 2021

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


Last Event - 1st reading : House of Lords
Wednesday 18th March 2020
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Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Lords
Date TBA

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

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
13 Jan 2021
In Force
11 Feb 2021
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (“the 1992 Act”) requires each billing authority in England to make a scheme specifying the reductions which are to apply to amounts of council tax payable by persons, or classes of person, whom the billing authority considers are in financial need. The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) (England) Regulations 2012 (“the 2012 Regulations”) prescribe matters which must be included in such a scheme in addition to those matters which must be included in such a scheme by virtue of paragraph 2 of Schedule 1A to the 1992 Act.
Laid
12 Jan 2021
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Non-domestic Rating (Designated Area) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations designate an area in England (“designated area”) for the purpose of paragraph 39(1) of Schedule 7B to the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (“the 1988 Act”) (local retention of non-domestic rates). They provide rules for calculating in respect of the billing authority in England all or part of whose area falls within the designated area—
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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, 3 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
15 Jan 2021, 1:41 p.m. Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer) Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)

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

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all those who were displaced due to the fire at Grenfell Tower are in permanent residential accommodation.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Home Office)

All 201 households from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk have accepted an offer of accommodation, and over 95% (194 households) have moved into a new permanent home.


Those households not in permanent homes, are currently living in high quality temporary accommodation; these households have either already accepted a permanent home, or have a suitable permanent home reserved for them. The Council is working with these households at a pace that suits them.

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