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
    • infrastructure deals
    • Treasury interest in devolution to Scotland, Wales and NI
  • EU Budget and wider EU issues, including deputising for the Chancellor at ECOFIN
  • childcare policy, including tax free childcare
  • tax credits
  • labour market policy

Current role holder: The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

David Gauke was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 14 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hertfordshire South West in May 2005.

Education

Born in 1971 and educated at Northgate High School in Ipswich, David read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor.

Political career

David was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from February 2006 until he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for the Treasury in June 2007. As a Shadow Treasury Minister, he focused on tax policy, including matters such as tax simplification and corporation tax reform. He was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010, and promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury in July 2014 where he served until July 2016.

Career outside politics

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1997, David worked for a leading City firm before entering Parliament in 2005.

Personal life

David lives in Chorleywood with his wife, Rachel, and their 3 sons.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Danny Alexander

    • 2010 to 2015
  3. The Rt Hon David Laws

    • 2010 to 2010

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  1. Chancellor Philip Hammond guarantees EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU

    • News story
  2. "Good governments are always looking to reform" says Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke

    • Speech
  3. Public sector pay awards for 2016-17

    • News story
  4. Chief Secretary to the Treasury's keynote speech at UK-Algeria Investment Forum

    • Speech
  5. Pay awards for National Crime Agency officers set out by government

    • News story
  6. EU membership a 'gateway to European markets', says Greg Hands

    • Speech
  7. Pay awards for senior public sector workers set out by government

    • News story
  8. Chief Secretary at the government non executive directors’ conference

    • Speech
  9. Cardiff Capital Region City Deal signed

    • Press release
  10. Pay awards for over a million public sector workers

    • News story