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Department of Communities and Local Government

Department for Communities and
Local Government
Department overview
Formed May 2006
Jurisdiction England
Headquarters Eland House, London, England
Annual budget £28.1 billion (current) & £3.5 billion (capital) for 2011-12 [1]
Minister responsible The Rt Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
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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 Eland House, 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.


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

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles, MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility
The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, PC Minister of State (jointly with the Foreign Office) Faith and Communities
Kris Hopkins, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Housing, Local Growth, Cities and Regeneration; High Streets, Town Centres and Markets
Nick Boles, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Planning and Development; Local Growth (supporting Mark Prisk); Deregulation
Stephen Williams, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Integration and Race Equality; Localism, Decentralisation and Community Rights; Building Regulations; Housing (supporting Mark Prisk); Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Brandon Lewis, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Local Government; Fire and resilience; Thames Gateway; Travellers; Community Pubs
Lady Hanham, CBE Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Departmental business in the House of Lords; Troubled Families (supporting the Secretary of State); Productivity, procurement, and value for money; European Regional Development Fund; transparency; Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Key Conservative
Liberal Democrat

Lady Warsi works jointly between this department and the Foreign Office.

The Permanent Secretary is Sir Bob Kerslake who took up his post on 1 November 2010.[3]


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.


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

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

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.


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


  • Governance and Communities Directorate
  • Justice Directorate

Northern Ireland


  • Department for Communities & Local Government (local government, civil resilience, fire services)
  • Department of Strategic Planning, Finance and Performance (community cohesion, race relations)
  • Department of Environment & Sustainable Development (planning)
  • Department of Housing, Regeneration & Heritage (housing, urban regeneration)

See also


External links

  • Local Government Channel
  • YouTube channel
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Coordinates: 51°29′53″N 0°08′33″W / 51.4981°N 0.1424°W / 51.4981; -0.1424

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