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

Stephen Williams MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in October 2013. He was elected the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West in May 2005.


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

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. Andrew Stunell OBE

    • 2010 to 2012


  1. Localism

    • 28 July 2014
  2. Community integration

    • 28 April 2014
  3. Building regulation

    • 21 March 2014


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  1. New measures will keep the country building across the housing market

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. Making it easier for communities to set up new town and parish councils

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  3. Appointments maintain and enhance expertise of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. Cheers all round for Community Pubs Day

    • 23 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Tenant involvement could save millions says Communities Minister Stephen Williams

    • 23 March 2015
    • News story
  6. Funding boost to safeguard Cornish language announced

    • 13 March 2015
    • Press release
  7. Supporting new town and parish councils

    • 11 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. Tenants safer under new government measures

    • 11 March 2015
    • Press release
  9. Communities Minister celebrates English language learners in Bradford

    • 10 March 2015
    • Press release
  10. Cheers all round for community pubs day

    • 4 March 2015
    • Press release