Ministry of Housing and Local Government

The Ministry of Housing and Local Government was a United Kingdom government department formed after the Second World War, covering the areas of housing and local government.

It was formed, as the Ministry of Local Government and Planning, in January 1951 when functions of the Ministry of Health, which had taken over the powers of the old Local Government Board, were merged with the Ministry of Town and Country Planning, which had been created in 1943. Its name was changed to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government by the Conservatives after the October 1951 general election.[1][2]

It was merged in 1970 with the Ministry of Transport to form the Department for the Environment.

The ministry was headed by the Minister of Housing and Local Government.

The name was partially (and arguably deliberately) revived by Theresa May on 9 January 2018, when the Department for Communities and Local Government was renamed as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, with a similar name change applying to its Secretary of State.[3]

Ministers of HousingEdit


  1. ^ Malpass, Peter (1990). Reshaping housing policy: subsidies, rents, and residualisation. Taylor & Francis. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-415-03070-0. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  2. ^ Cullingworth, J. B. (1999). British planning: 50 years of urban and regional policy. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-485-00604-9. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
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