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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is to be renamed the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), after Michael Gove’s appointment as secretary of state in a cabinet reshuffle.
Gove will drive cross-Whitehall efforts to help the UK to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the change, former Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane has been appointed as the new head of a Levelling Up Taskforce.
Gove will be assisted in the department by new minister of state Kemi Badenoch and Neil O’Brien, who has been appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state. Reappointed to the department are ministers of state Christopher Pincher and Lord Greenhalgh, and parliamentary under-secretary of state Eddie Hughes.
Prime minister Boris Johnson said: “This government is committed to uniting and levelling up every part of the UK and I am determined that as we build back better from the pandemic we are geared up with the teams and expertise to deliver on that promise.
“Andy is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts to raise living standards, spread opportunity, improve our public services and restore people’s sense of pride in their communities. I look forward to working with him, and with my new ministerial team, to deliver the opportunities this country needs.”