Department for Communities and Local Government, 2006-
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 2002-2006
Open unless otherwise stated
Administrative / biographical background:
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) was created as a central department in its own right in May 2002, to bring together key responsibilities for regional and local government, fire, housing, planning and regeneration, social exclusion, and neighbourhood renewal. The Office took on responsibility for policy areas from both the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) and the Cabinet Office, and also responsibility for transport issues not undertaken by the Department for Transport (DfT). From May 2006, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was created as the successor department to the ODPM.
Department for Communities and Local Government
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was created on 5 May 2006 to promote community cohesion and equality, as well as responsibility for housing, urban regeneration, planning and local government. It unites communities and Civil Renewal functions (previously undertaken by the Home Office), with responsibility for regeneration, neighbourhood renewal and local government (previously held by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister). The new department also brought together responsibility for equality policy, including policy on race, faith, gender and sexual orientation; these functions were previously split between several government departments.
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