Following our ‘on the day’ briefing on Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s ministerial reshuffle has now been completed and clarification on individual minister’s responsibilities has been published.
Brandon Lewis MP, previously the local government minister, is the new Housing and Planning Minister combining the two for the first time since 2009. As well as the wider housing and planning responsibilities, he will have overarching ministerial responsibility for the Ebbsfleet development. He takes over the housing portfolio from Kris Hopkins MP who stays in the DCLG team with a brief which includes local government, pubs.
Mr Lewis will be supported on planning casework by a new addition to the ministerial ranks, Penny Mordaunt MP whose primary responsibilities will lie with the fire service, coastal communities, local growth and high streets.
Baroness Stowell, who had been responsible for taking the Infrastructure Bill provisions relating to planning and zero carbon homes through the House of Lords leaves DCLG having been promoted to Leader of the House of Lords. Her replacement in the DCLG ministerial team, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon will be responsible for all relevant business in the House of Lords. Another former councillor, Lord Ahmad served for more than 10 years on Merton Council.
Eric Pickles, Stephen Williams and Baroness Warsi retain their current roles and responsibilities at DCLG.
Former Planning Minister, Nick Boles MP has been promoted to be Minister of State for Skills, Enterprise and Equalities working across both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. His new responsibilities include training, skills and apprenticeships.
Elizabeth Truss is the new Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. She has moved across from the Department for Education.
List of ministerial responsibilities:
Department for Communities and Local Government
Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning
Planning and development
Penny Mordaunt MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government:
High streets, town centres and markets
Planning casework (supporting Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning)
Fire, resilience and emergencies
Kris Hopkins, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government:
Adult social care
Planning policy and casework in relation to wind farms and solar
Stephen Williams, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government:
integration and race equality
localism, decentralisation and community rights
Building Regulations and standards
climate change and sustainable development
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills, Enterprise and Equalities (BIS and DfE):
Adult skills, Skills Funding Agency and skills strategy
Lifelong learning and informal adult learning
UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the Sector Skills Councils
Workplace training reforms
Qualifications reform programme
Small business, enterprise and access to finance
Equal marriage implementation
David O’Leary Deputy Director of External Affairs
Home Builders Federation
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