Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government)

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for:

  • Local government policy, including local government reform
  • Local government finances (including local authority sustainability and business rates retention)
  • Adult social care
  • Local government interventions policy and oversight of existing interventions
  • Local government pensions
  • Troubled Families
  • Parks / green space

Current role holder: Rishi Sunak MP

Rishi Sunak was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 9 January 2018.

Education

Rishi went to Winchester College and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University (USA) where he studied for his MBA.

Political career

Rishi was elected Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) in May 2015 and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from June 2017 until his ministerial appointment.

Career before politics

Rishi spent his professional career before politics in business and finance, working internationally. He co-founded an investment firm working with companies in multiple geographies. He then used that experience to help small and entrepreneurial British companies grow.

Personal life

Rishi is married with two young daughters.

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  1. Innovative digital projects to improve public services win funding

    • Press release
  2. £1 million funding for communities to create their own pocket parks

    • Press release
  3. Boost for drivers as government backs single appeals service

    • Press release
  4. County Councils Network conference 2018

    • Speech
  5. Tax rules for second-homes to be reviewed by ministers

    • Press release
  6. National Association of Local Councils conference 2018

    • Speech
  7. Local government finance settlement date confirmed in government response to Hudson review

    • Press release
  8. Government to toughen rules banning sex offenders from councils

    • Press release
  9. £7.5 million fund for councils' digital innovation opens

    • Press release
  10. Government announces further protections for tenants against unfair letting fees

    • Press release