Government departments

Government departments

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues.

Defra is  responsible for policy and regulations on:

  • the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals
  • sustainable development and the green economy
  • food, farming and fisheries
  • animal health and welfare
  • environmental protection and pollution control
  • rural communities and issues

Although Defra only works directly in England, it works closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and generally leads on negotiations in the EU and internationally.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

Department for International Development (DFID)

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID’s responsibilities include:

  • honouring the UK’s international commitments and taking action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
  • making British aid more effective by improving transparency, openness and value for money
  • targeting British international development policy on economic growth and wealth creation
  • improving the coherence and performance of British international development policy in fragile and conflict-affected countries
  • improving the lives of girls and women through better education and a greater choice on family planning
  • preventing violence against girls and women in the developing world
  • helping to prevent climate change and encouraging adaptation and low-carbon growth in developing countries

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation. The department is responsible for:

  • working with further and higher education providers to give students the skills they need to compete in a global employment market
  • supporting innovation and developing the UK’s science and research industry, which is important to help economic growth
  • making sure consumer law is fair for both consumers and businesses, and that consumers know their rights and are able to use them effectively
  • supporting British businesses to increase productivity and compete anywhere in the world
  • better regulation – by cutting the amount of regulation and making it easy to understand we can help businesses cut time, save money and be more efficient

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-innovation-skills

Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government’s job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area. The department is responsible for:

  • supporting local government by giving them the power to act for their community – without interference from central government
  • helping communities and neighbourhoods to solve their own problems so neighbourhoods are strong, attractive and thriving
  • working with local enterprise partnerships and enterprise zones to help the private sector grow
  • making the planning system work more efficiently and effectively
  • supporting local fire and rescue authorities so that they’re able to respond to emergencies and reduce the number and impact of fires

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-communities-and-local-government