Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth)


The minister is responsible for:

  • The Northern Powerhouse
  • Mayors and devolution
  • Local growth – policy and initiatives (eg enterprise zones, high streets, coastal communities)
  • Place-based initiatives (eg Thames Estuary Growth Commission)
  • Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) policy
  • Inward investment and infrastructure (including High Speed 2)
  • European Regional Development Fund, and UK Shared Prosperity Fund
  • Resilience and Emergencies
  • Community rights (including pubs)
  • Minister for Secondary Legislation

Current role holder: Jake Berry MP

Jake was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 14 June 2017.

Political career

Jake was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon. Greg Hands MP from May 2015 until 14 June 2017.

He became an MP for for Rossendale and Darwen in 2010.

Jake was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon. Grant Shapps MP in 2010.


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  1. Support Northern Powerhouse culture this Christmas, minister says during Coronation Street trip

    • Press release
  2. Budget delivers devo deal and transport boost for North of Tyne

    • News story
  3. North set to become first region in country to get new transport powers from government

    • News story
  4. UK named “Country of Honour” as trade mission heads to flagship Chinese International Industry Fair

    • Press release
  5. £40 million to create jobs and boost visitors to the Great British Coast

    • Press release
  6. £15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund to boost region’s tech, creative and cultural industries

    • Press release