Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced

The government has said that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will become the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

As the government seeks to deliver on its central mission to level up every part of the UK, the change coincides with former Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane being appointed as the new Head of the Levelling Up Taskforce. The taskforce has been jointly established by the Prime Minister and the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove.

As part of the move, Gove will drive cross-Whitehall efforts to deliver a programme of tangible improvements in every part of the UK as we build back better from the pandemic, and deliver on the people’s priorities.

Downing Street has also confirmed that, as part of his appointment, Gove will have responsibility for UK governance and elections and will take on the additional title of Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, working closely with the Territorial Offices and leading coordination with the devolved administrations on the Prime Minister’s behalf.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “This government is committed to uniting and levelling up every part of the UK and I am determined that as we build back better from the pandemic we are geared up with the teams and expertise to deliver on that promise. Andy is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts to raise living standards, spread opportunity, improve our public services and restore people’s sense of pride in their communities. I look forward to working with him, and with my new ministerial team, to deliver the opportunities this country needs.”

Gove said: “I’m thrilled that the PM has asked me to lead the Levelling Up agenda, the defining mission of this government. With a superb team of ministers and officials in a new department, our relentless focus will be on delivering for those overlooked families and undervalued communities across the United Kingdom. We have a unique opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

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