Housing ministry renamed as levelling up ‘gimmick’ dropped

The new government has announced it is dropping ‘levelling up’ from the name of the housing department. 

Deputy prime minister and housing secretary Angela Rayner told staff at the department of the name change on Monday (8 July) as she pledged: “No more gimmicks.”  

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will now again be known as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

In an all-staff meeting, Rayner said: “We will go back to basics. No more government by gimmick. No more stunts and spin. Our department should do what it says on the tin.

 “That’s why I am delighted to announce that the department’s name will return to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.”

The department was previously renamed in September 2021 under prime minister Boris Johnson – and was thereafter tasked in funding projects around the country in a bid to ‘level up’ areas. 

Commenting on this legacy, Rayner said: “In making [this name] change I do want to make one thing clear. When they announced levelling up, the last government may not have had the right solutions but they were right about the problem.

“Because our country is too unequal, and it holds us all back. This government has a mission to tackle that. A mission not just to restore growth, but provide a better standard of life for all our citizens across all of our country.”

Rayner went on to make pledges about housing, communities and local government. 

“On housing, we will deliver change for young couples priced out of owning their own home, for leaseholders left at the mercy of eye-watering charges, and for those trapped in buildings still wrapped in dangerous cladding,” she said. 

“We will deliver change for families facing eviction through no fault of their own, for renters living in damp, cold and mouldy homes, for people living on the streets with nowhere to call home.

“On communities, we will deliver change for our regions left behind by the sham of levelling up, held back by a government unwilling to match their ambition. 

“We have a plan to power up Britain, delivering growth in every corner of the country, with a Take Back Control Act empowering mayors and giving people control over what matters to them.”

She concluded: “And we will rebuild local government, with integrated, long-term funding settlements to local leaders, giving them greater certainty and the ability to plan for the long term.”

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