Ministerial role

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Organisations: HM Treasury
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Simon Clarke MP


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
  • skills, labour market policy and childcare policy, including tax free childcare
  • tax credits policy
  • housing and planning
  • legislative strategy
  • state pensions/ pensioner benefits
  • freeports – with support from FST on customs aspects .

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Simon Clarke MP

Simon Clarke was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 15 September 2021.

Simon Clarke was previously appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from 27 July 2019 to 13 February 2020.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP

    2020 to 2021

  2. The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP

    2019 to 2020

  3. The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

    2017 to 2019

  4. The Rt Hon David Gauke

    2016 to 2017

  5. The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

    2015 to 2016

  6. The Rt Hon Danny Alexander

    2010 to 2015

  7. The Rt Hon David Laws

    2010 to 2010