Ministerial role

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Responsibilities

The Chief Secretary 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

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP

Danny Alexander was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010. He is the Liberal Democrat MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

Education

Danny was educated at Lochaber High School, Fort William in the Scottish Highlands before studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford.

Political career

After university Danny worked as a press officer for the Scottish Liberal Democrats before spending four years at the European Movement and then four years as Director of Communications for the Britain in Europe campaign. In 2005 Danny was elected MP for the newly created seat of Inverness, Nairn, and Badenoch & Strathspey. He joined the Shadow Work and Pensions team in 2005 and in July 2007 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, holding the post until June 2008. He gave this up to concentrate on the roles of Chief of Staff to the party leader, Nick Clegg, and Chair of the Manifesto Group.

Danny played a key role in the negotiating team and in drawing up of the coalition document for the new government. Initially appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland, in May 2010 he became Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was appointed to the Privy Council.

Career outside politics

Danny worked as a press officer for the Scottish Liberal Democrats before spending 4 years at the European Movement, followed by 4 years as Director of Communications for the Britain in Europe campaign.

In 2003 he was appointed the Head of Communications for the recently formed Cairngorms National Park Authority.

Personal life

Danny is married with 2 daughters. His parliamentary responsibilities combined with having a young family do not afford a lot of time for hobbies but when they do he enjoys hill-walking, fishing, travel and sports of all kinds.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon David Laws MP

    • 2010 to 2010

Announcements

by Chief Secretary to the Treasury

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  1. David Jones and Danny Alexander introduce Wales Bill in Parliament

    • 14 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. New IMF forecasts show that an independent Scotland would have one of the highest deficits of all advanced economies

    • 10 April 2014
    • News story
  3. Extra borrowing powers for councils to build 10,000 affordable homes

    • 7 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. New independent panel to advise on services that put people first

    • 2 April 2014
    • Press release
  5. Chief Secretary commits UK support to help Pakistan raise more tax

    • 2 April 2014
    • News story
  6. Plans for £38 billion investment in railways unveiled

    • 31 March 2014
    • News story
  7. United means shared economic success

    • 26 March 2014
    • News story
  8. Budget changes lead to creation of hundreds of jobs in oil and gas industry

    • 21 March 2014
    • News story
  9. Public sector pay awards for 2014-15

    • 13 March 2014
    • News story
  10. Public service pension reform nears conclusion

    • 13 March 2014
    • News story

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