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DCLG ministers' responsibilities revealed

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Key roles and responsibilities have been allocated to the new-look Department for Communities & Local Government ministerial team.

Four out of the five Conservative ministers working under communities secretary Greg Clark have previously served on local authorities, three of which as council leader. Only northern powerhouse minister James Wharton does not have any experience of working in local government.

While Mr Clark is in charge of the overall leadership of the department, as well as city deals and the troubled families programme, below we outline each ministers key responsibilities.

Mark Francois

Mark Francois

Mark Francois, communities and resilience minister, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford in Essex, is responsible for:

  • overseeing local government policy and finance
  • leading on the devolution bill
  • departmental finance and corporate issues
  • deregulation
  • fire and resilience
  • coastal communities and Thames Gateway
  • Minister for Portsmouth, overseeing job creation and economic growth in the city

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis, housing and planning minister, MP for Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, is responsible for:

  • housing, including the Ebbsfleet garden city development
  • planning policy and casework
  • leading on the housing bill
  • neighbourhood planning

Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones, local government minister, MP for Nuneaton in Warwickshire, is responsible for:

  • local government policy, including adult social care and children’s services
  • local government finance
  • welfare reform
  • planning casework
  • homelessness
  • community rights, including community pubs
  • high streets, town centres and markets
  • supporting Mr Lewis on the housing bill

James Wharton

James Wharton

James Wharton, northern powerhouse minister, MP for Stockton South in Durham, is responsible for:

  • creating a northern powerhouse, and supporting Mr Clark on city deals
  • enterprise zones, and local enterprise partnerships
  • supporting Mr Francois on the devolution bill
  • the European regional development fund
  • planning casework
  • building regulations

Baroness Williams

Baroness Williams

Baroness Susan Williams of Trafford is responsible for:

  • departmental business in the House of Lords
  • local government finance and policy
  • integration and faith
  • HS2
  • travellers
  • supporting Mr Clark on city deals and the troubled families programme
  • women and equalities, supporting the Department for Education in the House of Lords
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