Ministerial role

Chancellor of the Exchequer

Organisations: HM Treasury
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP

Responsibilities

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the government’s chief financial minister and as such is responsible for raising revenue through taxation or borrowing and for controlling public spending. He has overall responsibility for the work of the Treasury.

The Chancellor’s responsibilities cover:

  • fiscal policy (including the presenting of the annual Budget)
  • monetary policy, setting inflation targets
  • ministerial arrangements (in his role as Second Lord of the Treasury)

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP

Rishi Sunak was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from 9 January 2018 to 24 July 2019.

Education

Rishi went to Winchester College and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University (USA) where he studied for his MBA.

Political career

Rishi was elected Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) in May 2015 and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from June 2017 until his ministerial appointment.

Career before politics

Rishi spent his professional career before politics in business and finance, working internationally. He co-founded an investment firm working with companies in multiple geographies. He then used that experience to help small and entrepreneurial British companies grow.

Personal life

Rishi is married with two young daughters.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

Find out more about previous holders of this role in our past Chancellors of the Exchequer section.

Announcements

  1. Chancellor's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 29 May 2020
  2. Government to publish code of practice with commercial sector in boost to high street
  3. Emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic
  4. Almost £400 million to keep England’s buses running
  5. High street benefits from £22 billion grants and business rates package
  6. Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals
  7. Joint letter to the UK banks from HM Treasury, the Bank of England, and the FCA
  8. Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments
  9. Coronavirus - Business support to launch from today
  10. Chancellor announces workers’ support package