Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government


The minister is responsible for:

  • integration and race equality
  • localism, decentralisation and community rights
  • building regulations and standards
  • empty homes
  • climate change and sustainable development

Current role holder: Stephen Williams MP

Stephen Williams MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in October 2013. He is the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West.


He attended Mountain Ash Comprehensive School and the University of Bristol, graduating in 1988 with a degree in history.

Political career

Stephen was Liberal Democrat spokesperson on public health, further education, schools and innovation, universities and skills. He has served on 2 House of Commons select committees - the Education and Skills Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. Before his appointment to DCLG he was Chair of the Liberal Democrat Treasury Backbench Committee.

Career outside politics

Stephen worked as a tax consultant and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Stephen served on Avon County and Bristol City Councils, and was elected as councillor for Cabot ward in 1993 aged 26. He was Leader of the Bristol Liberal Democrat group from 1995 to 1997.

Personal life

His interests include visiting art galleries and historic sites. He is a director of the Watershed Arts Centre.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Don Foster MP

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. Andrew Stunell OBE MP

    • 2010 to 2012


under the responsibility of Stephen Williams MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

  1. Providing effective building regulations so that new and altered buildings are safe, accessible and efficient

    • 21 March 2014
  2. Giving people more power over what happens in their neighbourhood

    • 7 November 2013
  3. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and using planning to protect the environment

    • 5 September 2013
  4. Bringing people together in strong, united communities

    • 1 July 2013


by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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  1. 123 communities to take control of neighbourhood schemes

    • 14 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. Remembering Srebrenica – 750 people to learn about the Bosnian war

    • 11 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. Empty homes reach 10-year low

    • 8 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. Stephen Williams announces plans to simplify housing standards

    • 13 March 2014
    • Press release
  5. Stephen Williams announces summer music festival is back again

    • 6 March 2014
    • Press release
  6. Multi-faith communities to benefit from new £3 million grant

    • 27 February 2014
    • Press release
  7. Community finance

    • 13 February 2014
    • Speech
  8. New Homes Bonus payouts show Britain is building

    • 3 February 2014
    • Press release
  9. Response to story on empty homes

    • 1 February 2014
    • Government response
  10. £5 million government cash injection to transform community buildings

    • 30 January 2014
    • Press release

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