Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

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This article is part of the Counter-Terrorism Portal project of Spinwatch.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities was created in September 2021. It was formerly known as The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (from January 2018 to 2021) and prior to that as the Department for Communities and Local Government(created in May 2006 as the successor to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, established in 2001).[1] (branded as Communities and Local Government and referred to as the DCLG) is the United Kingdom government department for communities and local government since May 2006. The department originated in 2001 as the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Eric Pickles is the current Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, taking over from John Denham MP after the May 2010 election.[2]

Background

The department was formed in July 2001 as part of the Cabinet Office with the title Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 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. During the 5 May 2006 reshuffle of Blair's government, it was renamed and Ruth Kelly was made the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Deputy Prime Minister became a minister without portfolio and his office had purely secretarial functions. Hazel Blears was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 28 June 2007. Yvette Cooper used to be employed with this department, but has since got a new job in the Treasury.

In May 2006 a large chunk of the Home Office that used to deal with Muslim issues moved to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). On its creation it also assumed the community policy function of the Home Office and has since established the 'Commission on Integration and Cohesion' and the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights.

People

Ministers

  • Robert Jenrick -Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government appointed July 2019 by incoming PM Boris Johnson
  • Esther McVey - minister of state appointed July 2019 by incoming PM Boris Johnson
  • Jake Berry MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth)
  • Luke Hall MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State [3]


Former

  • James Brokenshire - communities secretary to June 2019
  • Alok Sharma Minister of State for Housing and Planning
  • Marcus Jones - Parliamentary Under Secretary from 2015 (Minister for Local Government)
  • Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Faith (and Northern Ireland)
  • Greg Clark - Secretary of State 2015-16
  • Brandon Lewis - Minister of State for Housing and Planning 2014-6/7
  • Mark Francois - Minister of State for Portsmouth, Communities and Resilience 2015-
  • Sajid Javid Secretary of State July 2016-
  • James Wharton - Parliamentary Under Secretary 2015-2017
  • Baroness Williams of Trafford - Parliamentary Under Secretary
  • Eric Pickles - Secretary of State 2010-2015 (also minister for faith)
  • Brandon Lewis - Minister of State for Housing and Planning from July 2014 until July 2016, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State from September 2012 until July 2014
  • Stephen Williams - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Kris Hopkins - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Penny Mordaunt - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Tariq Ahmad - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • John Denham - Secretary of State 2009-10
  • Hazel Blears - Secretary of State 2007-09
  • Grant Shapps - Minister of State for Housing and Local Government 2010-2012
  • John Healey - Minister of State for Housing and Local Government
  • Andrew Stunell OBE MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State 2010-2012
  • Iain Wright - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State until May 2010
  • Bob Neill Parliamentary Under Secretary of State 2010-2012
  • Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under Secretary of State until May 2008
  • Baroness Hanham Parliamentary Under Secretary 2010-2013
  • Kay Andrews Parliamentary Under Secretary until May 2010

Civil servants

The Permanent Secretary was Sir Bob Kerslake (Robert),[4] who took up the post on 1 November 2010 and is also Head of the Home Civil Service.[5] Peter Housden was the previous Permanent Secretary (to October 2010).

Former special advisers

Former

  • Zoe Thorogood - Was appointed as special adviser in charge of media to Eric Pickles in January 2013. Thorogood was an associate director at Luther Pendragon, which she joined in March 2011. Earlier in her career she was a news editor at GMTV for five years, before joining the Conservative Party as head of broadcasting and lifestyle press in 2008. [6] Left after Pickles was replaced by Clark as secretary of state.

Communications

Former

Initiatives and involvement

The Department for Communities and Local Government is one of the main players in the devising and implementation of the Prevent strand of the British Counter-Terrorism strategy, Contest 2.

Notable examples include:

Preventing Violent Extremism (Funding by DCLG)

The DCLG has been responsible for the main strand of funding that has been provided to the task of Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), or Prevent, as it is commonly referred to. In 2007-08, the DCLG funded £6 million for the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund (PVEPF) to support seventy priority local authorities in England to advance a programme that would “tackle violent extremism.”.[8]

In June 2007, the DCLG also distributed £650,000 through the Community Leadership Fund (CLF) that would build the capacity of Muslims to fight extremism and complement the work being undertaken by local authorities under the PVEPF.[9]

On 31 October 2007, Hazel Blears (the then Secretary of State for the DCLG) announced that the DCLG would provide a total of £45 million worth of funding for local partnerships from a period of April 2008 to March 2011.[10] The £45 million announced by Hazel Blears went to: 76 local authorities in 2008-09, 82 local authorities in 2009-10 and will go to 94 local authorities in 2010-11.[11]

In August 2009, a £7.5 million cash injection was authorised by the DCLG to local authorities in order to enhance the struggle against “al-Qaeda influenced extremism” and to “improve effectiveness of the Prevent programme.”[12]

A further £5.1 million is being distributed over the period of 2009-2011 through the CLF programme. [13]

The Challenge and Innovation Fund totalled to £3.2 million and was allocated in May 2009 (for delivery of projects during 2009-10) by the DCLG to local authorities in England to assist them with preventing violent extremism.[14]

Including smaller avenues of funding, the total money that the DCLG will have allocated to Preventing Violent Extremism from April 2007-11 is estimated to be £80 million, of which £61.7 million will have been through local authorities.[15]

Executive Agencies

Funding of community groups

DCLG Grants 2010 - 2016 (£'000) MHCLG Grants 2017 - 2020 (£'000)
Institution 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 Total Amount (£'000)
28 Too Many 7 7
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) 100 100
Acta 40 40
Action for Market Towns 85 80 165
Action Foundation 6 6
Adventure Capital Fund 40,052 40,052
Afruca 10 10
After Adoption - Stepping Stones Project 85 85
Aldridge Education 116 116
Al-Haqq Education Trust 2 2
Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation 104 1 105
Angelou Centre 18 18
Anne Frank Trust 58 103 50 97 64 84 218 170 83 204 1,131
Antisemitism Policy Trust 60 270 173 503
Anthony Walker Foundation 269 269
Apasenth 211 353 78 485 496 496 2,119
Arbour 30 51 81
Arc 5 5
Arts Versa Consultancy UK Ltd 5 5
Ashley Community & Housing Ltd 144 144
Ashram Housing Association 50 6 56
Association Of Jewish Refugees 30 30
Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) 41 41
B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation 31 50 40 121
Behavioural Insights Ltd 852 852
Belper Meadows Community Sports Club 8 8
Big Ideas Community Interest Company 40 399 555 99 110 1,203
Big Society Capital Limited 15,750 15,750
Birmingham and Solihull Womens Aid 15 15
Birmingham University 79 194 29 302
Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) 100 49 101 250
Board of Deputies of British Jews 2 50 20 72
Bold Creative 70 70
Bolton Solidarity Community Association 16 16
Bradford Trident Ltd 80 27 107
British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres (BASSAC) 200 200
British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) 68 192 77 22 359
British Sikh Consultative Forum 2 1 3
British Youth Council 25 25
Brook 15 15
Business in The Community (BiTC) 158 363 188 40 749
Cambridge University 10 10
Carnegie UK Trust 200 100 300
Castle Vale Community Housing 48 48
Centre for Ageing Better (CfAB) 200 200 200 600
Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence 59 1040 1193 1016 3,308
Centre for Sustainable Energy 200 100 300
Charlton Athletic Community Trust 9 9
Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) 200 145 110 99 554
Children's Society 19 19
Christian Muslim Forum 3 2 5
Church Urban Fund 1,882 2,375 982 1,500 1,500 1,960 2,150 2,031 1,760 2,710 18,850
Churches Together in England 4 1 7 12
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) 13 13
Citizens Foundation 40 40
Civic Voice 80 25 64 5 55 229
Clapton Common Boys Club 50 15 65
Clarets In The Community Ltd 126 126
Clean Up Britain 20 20
Coexistence Trust 4 4
Cohesion & Integration Network (COIN) 50 50 100
Commonwealth and War Graves Commission (CWGC) 40 50 90
Community Development Finance Association (CFDA) 108 108
Community Development Foundation 18,700 50 2,059 20,809
Community Foundation for Calderdale 250 250
Community Matters 200 100 300
Community Security Trust 1000 1,000
Construction Industry Council 30 2 32
Council for Voluntary Service - Arunwide 77 77
Council of Christians and Jews 3 2 5
Council of Dharmic Faiths 2 2
Cranfield University 50 50
Cumbria Community Foundation Charity 1000 1,000
Curzon Education Ltd 120 120
CXK Ltd 184 184
Design Council 150 67 27 3 247
Development Trust Association 45 45
Dialogue Society 33 33
Doncaster Community Church Salvation 13 13
Duke Playhouse Ltd 25 25
East London Advanced Technology Training (ELATT) 19 19
Eden Project 36 156 192
Edgware & District Reform Synagogue 11 11
Elderly Accommodation Council (EAC) 1,118 843 673 930 3,564
Enfield Child & Young Persons Service 12 12
Engineering Development Trust 115 180 295
Environmental Law Foundation 85 80 165
Ethnic Minority Benevolent Association Ltd 50 50
Ethnic Minority Foundation 113 113
European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism (EISCA) 16 34 50
Faith Action 263 875 421 735 734 983 125 4,136
Faith & Belief Forum 184 184
Faith Based Regeneration Network UK 140 77 80 50 347
Faith Matters - Tell Mama 22 92 191 80 182 504 829 892 841 841 4,474
FaithnetSouthwest 1 1
Faiths Forum for London 2 21 5 70 9 107
Fayre Share Foundation 125 275 487 799 800 1,850 4,336
Football League Ltd T/A English Football League Trust 288 288
Forensic Therapies - HMP Holloway Project 88 88
Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine (FODIP) 62 62 124
Forward 49 49
Friends Families & Travellers 30 65 95
Future for Youth 13 13
Gate Herts 28 28 77 133
Glen Art 14 14
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust 9 72 81
Golden Tours Foundation 48 48
Good Things Foundation 600 2050 1950 4,600
Granby Toxteth Development Trust 29 30 59
Groundwork UK / London 7,877 6,946 2,915 374 18,112
GROW 20 20
GW Theatre Company 75 75
Hackney Community and Volunteer Sector 6 6
Hamara HLC 15 15
Harrogate and Area Council for Voluntary Service 24 24
Healthy Living solution 15 15
Henna Foundation 109 109
Her Centre 20 20
Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services 6 6
Hindu Christian Forum 2 2
Hindu Council UK 2 2
Hindu Forum Britain 4 1 5
Holocaust Educational Trust 150 49 134 333
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust 750 750 750 904 940 980 980 1,150 1,146 1,063 900 10,313
Hope Not Hate Charitable Trust 50 50
Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT ) 100 100 200
IKI Human Welfare Foundation 5 5
Imkaan 40 40
Imperial War Museum 55 55
Indoamerican Refugee and migrant Organisation 6 6
Information Network Focus On Religious Movements (INFORM) 140 110 240 165 130 785
Institute for Government 50 50
Institute for Jewish Policy Research 38 38
Institute of Education 150 100 250
Institute of Structural Engineers 15 35 515 565
Integrate Bristol 20 20
Inter Faith Network for the UK 348 386 290 220 230 220 305 382 385 385 221 3,372
Inter Faith Youth Trust 6 10 16
Interfaith Action 3 2 5
Irish Traveller Movement in Britain 15 35 50
Jain Network UK 3 1 4
Jan Trust 36 18 54
Jewish Care 1 1
Jewish Museum 10 10
J-GO Training Ltd 6 6
Joseph Interfaith Foundation 2 2 7 11
Kali Theatre 13 13
Karimia Institute 50 50
Karma Nirvana 19 20 39
Karmand Community Centre 6 6
Keep Britain Tidy 5 5
Khayaal Theatre Company 74 74
Kick It Out 12 35 47
Kingston Race & Equalities Council 24 24
Lambeth Palace 2 2
Landscape Institute 20 20
Leadership Centre for Local Government 619 619
League of British Muslims 25 25
Learn English At Home 120 120
Learning From the Righteous 20 20
Learning Partnership 135 135
LifeLine Community Projects 48 321 369
Lincolnshire Community Foundation 36 36
Lions Clubs International 27 27
Locality 100 54 88 135 130 507
London Community Foundation 46 46
London Funders 84 5 89
London Metropolitan University 80 80
Luton Roma Trust 26 26
Luton Tigers Ltd 74 74
Maccabi GB 35 50 75 10 170
Manningham Housing Association 122 122
Mary Ward Settlement 66 66
Meanwhile Foundation 157 169 326
Media Trust 200 100 96 396
Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture 15 15
Mencap 30 33 63
Migration Workers North West IRIF Project 40 40
Minorities Europe 3 2 5
Mitzvah Day 3 1 35 20 10 69
Mosques & Imams National Advisory Body 150 150
Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby 3 2 5
Muscular Dystrophy UK 65 65
Muslim Aid 5 5
Muslim Women's Council 86 86
Muslim Womens Network 30 15 45
Muslim Youth Helpline 65 65
Muslims Charities Forum 18 92 110
National Association of Local Councils (NALC) 239 378 611 1824 1637 1517 2 6,208
National CLT Network 2000 2,000
National Communities Resource Centre 136 295 268 285 90 1,074
National Community Land Trust Network (CLT) – Community 4000 4,000
National Federation of Tenant Management Organisatons 22 22
National Holocaust Centre 300 312 246 442 1,300
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) 1976 54 20 2,050
National Literacy Trust 6 115 121
National Memorial Arboretum 311 311
National Trust 1410 35 1,445
Natural England 38 38
NESTA 50 50
Network of Buddhist Organisations 1 1
Network of Sikh Organisations 4 4
Newcastle United Foundation 72 72
Nisa-Nashim 30 30
Nishkam Civic Association 2 2
Norfolk Community Alcohol Service (NORCAS) 6 6
North East Regional Faiths Network 2 2
North West Faiths Forum (Faiths 4 Change) 2 2
Northern Housing Consortium 139 43 182
Northern Refugee Centre 75 75
Norwich & Norfolk Racial Equality Council 63 63
Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service 100 100
Novas Scarman 258 100 358
One Voice Europe 50 100 50 50 250
One20 50 305 682 395 405 322 326 629 3,114
Online Centres Foundation 6 6
Open Doors Education And Training 400 400
Operation Black Vote 85 80 60 36 53 45 359
Oxfam UK 200 100 300
Oxfordshire Community Voluntary Action 167 167
Paddington Development Trust 122 40 162
Parks Alliance 55 6 61
Parochial Church Council Ecclesiast 44 44
Platform 51 100 100
Plunkett Foundation 20 60 80
Poor African Refuge Community Association (PARCA) 27 27
Poplar Harca Ltd 50 50
Poplar Housing and Regeneration Charitable Association (HARCA) 105 105
Power to Change Trust 1850 847 230 650 3,577
Praxis Enterprises 6 6
Prince’s Trust 80 176 3,834 4,090
Princes Foundation 47 63 3 113
Prism Youth Project 30 30
Prison Radio Association 30 30
Promoting African Refugee Community Association 20 20
Pub is the Hub 95 75 100 50 70 188 500 1,078
Quest for Economic Development (QED) - UK 42 75 19 136
Race Equality Centre 6 6
The Royal Association for Disability Rights (RADAR ) 177 50 227
Reading Community Learning Centre 15 15
Red Zebra Community Solutions 105 105
Refuge 13 13
Refuge & Migrant Centre 38 38
Renaisi 12 12 24
Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Greater London 50 42 92
Riverside Community Health Project 52 52
ROM Campaign Ltd 100 100
ROSA 13 13
Rotary Club Of Doncaster Trust Fund 24 24
Royal Society for Arts (RSA) 200 100 300
Royal Town Planning Institute 37 115 115 162 429
S4all Ltd - November 2019 Floods 39 39
Sadaqa Day Ltd 20 20
Sandwell Consortium 6 6
School for Social Entrepreneurs 410 100 510
Schools Linking Network (SLN) 49 101 98 36 135 368 725 791 441 2,744
Scotswood Area Strategy 21 21
Searchlight Educational Trust 66 66
Services for Education Limited 16 47 26 89
Shantona Women's Centre 20 20
Sheila McKechnie Foundation 85 80 165
Shelter National Campaign for Homeless People 10 10
Show Racism the Red Card 65 140 15 85 23 77 405
SITRA 22 22
Smaller Authorities’ Audit 320 250 570
Soas 72 72
Social Firms UK 85 80 165
Social Investment Business 3,109 10,472 8,092 21,673
Society of Editors 50 50
Society of Local Council Clerks 25 30 55
Solutions Not Sides 100 100
Somali Family Support Group 34 34
Sophie Lancaster Foundation 15 35 50
South East England Faiths Forum 2 2
South Yorkshire Community Foundation 692 692
St Ethelburga's Centre 1 1
Stoke-On-Trent & North Staffordshire Theatre Trust 223 223
St Paul's Community Development Trust 35 35
St Philip’s Centre 2 2 80 79 163
Stop Hate UK 10 65 50 125
Streets Alive Ltd 3 3
Super Being Labs Ltd 64 64
Superact 40 200 476 251 46 1,013
Surrey Community Action 50 50
Talk for a Change 10 10 20
Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) 200 128 10 618 455 160 1,571
Tender Education & Arts 14 14
The Challenge Network 269 269
National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) 125 125
The Precious Trust 15 15
The Women's Organisation 20 20
Thornbury Centre 39 39
Three Faiths Forum 3 2 5
Tinder Foundation 542 842 967 500 2,851
Trees And Design Action Group 10 10
Tribal Education Ltd 8,640 16,472 18,732 43,844
Tudor Trust 1798 1,798
Two Ridings Community Foundation 249 249
UK Toremet 38 38 76
Ulfah Arts 30 30
Ummah Help 170 468 333 400 400 400 400 400 2,971
United Religions Initiative UK 2 2
Unity FM 34 34
University of Oxford 25 25 50
Urban Design London 72 177 61 310
Urban Forum 200 100 300
Urban Nexus 72 72
Urban Partnership Group 90 30 120
Urdu Times / Rahabar Trust 20 20
Victoria Cross Trust 160 140 300
Voice UK 19 19
Voluntary Action 225 20 245
Waltham Forest Somali Women's Association 5 5
Workers Education Association - WEA 200 100 818 1,118
Weiner Library 300 75 25 400
West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action 29 29
Women's Aid Federation 255 255
Woman's Health and Family Services 14 14
Woman's Interfaith Faith Network 2 2
Womanzone 20 20
Woodland Trust 79 79
Workers Education Association 200 100 300
Young Advisors 134 64 75 273
Young Foundation 200 100 300
Your Square Mile 18 18
Youth Sport Trust 247 247
Youth United Foundation 5,153 918 400 188 6,659
YWCA England and Wales 200 200
Zakat Trust 5 5
Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe 4 1 5

Data Sources:

List of Annual reports containing financial data

  • Department for Communities and Local Government Community, opportunity, prosperity Annual Report 2008 Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by Command of Her Majesty May 2008 Cm 7394
  • Department for Communities and Local Government Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16 (For the year ended 31 March 2016) Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 7J uly 2016. Accounts presented to the House of Commons pursuant to section 6(4) of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000. Annual Report presented to the House of Commons by Command of Her Majesty. HC 324.
  • Department for Communities and Local Government Report and Accounts 2016-17 (For the year ended 31 March 2017) Accounts presented to the House of Commons pursuant to section 6(4) of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 Annual Report presented to the House of Commons by Command of Her Majesty Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 29 June 2017 HC 5.

Working groups

Notes

  1. 10 Downing Street - Department for Communities and Local Government
  2. The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP
  3. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government website, last accessed 30 July 2019
  4. New Permanent Secretary for Communities and Local Government
  5. Sir Bob Kerslake is new Civil Service boss, BBC News
  6. John Owens Eric Pickles lines up Zoe Thorogood as special adviser PR Week, 28 January 2013, accessed 6 October 2014
  7. Adam Pritchard LinkedIn profile, accessed 6 October 2014
  8. 'Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund: Guidance Note', DCLG, p. 3 - accessed 17/11/09
  9. 'Preventing Violent Extremism: Community Leadership Fund,DCLG, p. 3 - accessed 17/11/09
  10. 'The Prevent Strategy: A Guide for Local Partners in England: Stoppin People Becoming Terrorists or Supporting Terrorists and Violent Extremists' (Part 2),HM Government, 3 June 2008, p. 48 - accessed 17/11/09
  11. 'Local Authorities Receiving Funding in Support of work to Prevent Violent Extremism, DCLG, Date Unknown - accessed 17/11/09
  12. Local Authorities Receive Fresh Cash Injection to Tackle Extremism, DCLG, 28 August 2009 - accessed 17/11/09
  13. House of Commons, Hansard Column 878W, DCLG, 23 April 2009 - accessed 17/11/09
  14. Challenge and Innovation Fund DCLG, Date Unknown, accessed 17/1109
  15. Arun Kundnani,Spooked: How Not to Prevent Violent Extremism October 2009, accessed 17/11/09
  16. Why I Quit the Government's Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, Huffington Post, 30 October 2014, accessed 27 December 2014