Ministerial role

Chief Secretary to the Treasury


The Chief Secretary (CST) is responsible for:

  • public expenditure, including:
    • spending reviews and strategic planning
    • in-year spending control
    • public sector pay and pensions
    • Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) and welfare reform
    • efficiency and value for money in public service
    • procurement
    • capital investment
    • infrastructure spending
    • housing and planning
    • spending issues related to trade
    • transport policy, including HS2, Crossrail 2, Roads, Network Rail, Oxford/Cambridge corridor
    • Treasury interest in devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • women in the economy
  • childcare policy, including tax free childcare
  • tax credits policy
  • labour market policy

The Chief Secretary should be engaged on all issues of public spending.

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

Elizabeth Truss was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 11 June 2017. She was elected as the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010.


Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

Elizabeth entered Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012. Elizabeth served as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016.
She was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from July 2016 until June 2017.

Career outside politics

Elizabeth was previously Deputy Director at Reform. She also worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director, and is a qualified management accountant.

Personal life

Elizabeth is married with 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. The Rt Hon Danny Alexander

    • 2010 to 2015
  4. The Rt Hon David Laws

    • 2010 to 2010


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