Michael Gove has dramatically expanded his Whitehall empire after becoming one of the big winners in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.
Mr. Gove, who received the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, saw his department renamed the Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities – underscoring its central role in the implementation of the government’s agenda.
At the same time, former Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane has been appointed to head a new leveling task force jointly formed by Mr Gove and the Prime Minister.
We will relentlessly focus on providing service to neglected families and undervalued communities across the UK.
In addition, Downing Street said Mr Gove was awarded the title of Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, responsible for UK governance and elections and coordination with decentralized administrations.
Announcing the appointments, Mr Johnson said: ‘This government is committed to uniting and leveling every part of the UK and I am determined that as we rebuild better from the pandemic we are equipped with the teams and the expertise to keep this promise.
âAndy is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts to raise living standards, expand opportunities, improve our public services and restore people’s sense of pride in their communities.
âI look forward to working with him, and with my new ministerial team, to provide the opportunities this country needs. “
Mr Gove said he was “delighted” to tackle the upgrading program, which he described as “this government’s defining mission”.
“With a superb team of ministers and civil servants in a new department, our tireless aim will be to meet the needs of neglected families and undervalued communities across the UK,” he said.
âWe have a unique opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. “
Mr Haldane, who joins the Cabinet Office on a six-month secondment from the Royal Society of Arts, of which he is the Managing Director, said: âImproving the UK is one of the major challenges of our time.
âIt has also been a personal passion throughout my professional career, so I am delighted and honored to contribute to this crucial goal. “
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