Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government


The Secretary of State is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Main areas of responsibility include:

  • overall leadership of the department
  • Troubled Families

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

The Rt Hon Greg Clark was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 11 May 2015. Previously Greg was appointed Minister of State on 7 October 2013 and Minister for Universities and Science on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2005.


Born in Middlesbrough, Greg studied economics at Cambridge before earning his PhD from the London School of Economics.

Political career

Greg was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for 3 successive leaders - William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard - before being elected as an MP in 2005.

He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. He then took up the position of Minister of State at Communities and Local Government, with responsibilities for decentralisation and planning policy.

Greg was appointed Minister for Cities in July 2011 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury in September 2012.

Career outside politics

Before entering politics, Greg worked for the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s top business strategy firms. He was posted to the USA, Mexico, South America and Iceland, as well as working for clients in the UK. He has also worked as Head of Commercial Policy at the BBC.

Personal life

Greg and his wife have 3 children and live in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP

    • 2010 to 2015


  1. Emergency planning
  2. High streets and town centres
  3. Planning reform
  4. Planning system
  5. Support for families
  6. Localism
  7. Building regulation
  8. Housing for older and vulnerable people
  9. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Enterprise Zones
  10. Management of the European Regional Development Fund


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