I am making this statement to bring to the House’s attention the following Machinery of Government change.
Responsibility for driving forward the levelling up agenda and elections and UK governance and devolution policy is being moved to create a new Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. This change will embed levelling up commitments and policy on governance in the United Kingdom and elections within a single department which already manages relationships with local communities, local government and the housing sector. Bringing these responsibilities together will allow the Secretary of State to embed ever closer working with the Territorial Offices and lead coordination with the devolved administrations on my behalf.
The new department will consist of staff previously employed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and staff from the Union and Constitution Group in the Cabinet Office in support of cross-Whitehall efforts aimed at delivering tangible improvements in every part of the UK. A Levelling Up Taskforce has also been established which will report jointly to me and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.