Key government departments for housing associations

Here are links to key government departments that will be of interest to housing associations.  The links below will take you to their websites where you will find information about ministers, latest policies and consultations.

Department for Communities and Local Government

Sets policy on localism and decentralisation, local government, housing, urban regeneration, planning and fire and rescue.

Department for Work and Pensions

Leads the Government's policy on welfare and pension reform (including housing benefit).

Department of Health

Provides health and social care policy and guidance for health and social care professionals – a key area of government, particularly for housing associations that provide supported services.

Home Office

Responsible for reducing and preventing crime, and is responsible for setting policy on anti-social behaviour.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Invests in further education and apprenticeships, takes the lead on EU regulation and has an overall remit to encourage economic health.

Department for Energy and Climate Change

Leads on energy and climate change policy, including reducing carbon emissions (to which housing is a significant contributor), protecting energy consumers and the roll-out of smart meters.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Responsible for ensuring that the economic benefits of the 2012 Olympic Games are spread across the UK to maximise jobs and business opportunities.