Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Responsibilities

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:

  • supporting local government
  • communities and neighbourhoods
  • local economic growth
  • housing
  • planning and building
  • fire
  • integration and faith

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

Eric Pickles was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar.

Education

Eric was educated at Greenhead Grammar School and Leeds Polytechnic.

Political career

Eric was Leader of Bradford City Council from 1988 to 1990. He held a number of positions while in opposition, including Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from 2007 to 2009 and Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2009 to 2010.

Career outside politics

He worked as a consultant in employment practice and as Local Government Editor for Conservative Newsline before becoming an MP in 1992. He is a trustee of 2 local charities - Brentwood Foyer and Brentwood Theatre.

Personal life

Eric lives with his wife Irene in Brentwood, Essex.

Policies

  1. Improving high streets and town centres

    • 10 November 2014
  2. Supporting economic growth through local enterprise partnerships and enterprise zones

    • 24 October 2014
  3. Increasing the number of available homes

    • 13 August 2014
  4. Giving people more power over what happens in their neighbourhood

    • 28 July 2014
  5. Helping troubled families turn their lives around

    • 1 May 2014
  6. Bringing people together in strong, united communities

    • 28 April 2014
  7. Providing effective building regulations so that new and altered buildings are safe, accessible and efficient

    • 21 March 2014
  8. Making sure Council Tax payers get good value for money

    • 17 January 2014
  9. Helping people to buy a home

    • 8 October 2013
  10. Giving local authorities more control over how they spend public money in their area

    • 2 October 2013

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    • 5 March 2015
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    • 5 March 2015
    • Speech
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    • 5 March 2015
    • News story
  4. Unused public sector land will provide over 100,000 new homes

    • 4 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Home Secretary publishes Government response to Rotherham reports

    • 3 March 2015
    • News story
  6. 20% discount on your first home announces PM

    • 2 March 2015
    • Press release
  7. Young first-time buyers can register online for 100,000 cut-price homes

    • 28 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. Rotherham commissioners confirmed

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  9. Intervention in Rotherham metropolitan district council

    • 26 February 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  10. Protecting public money: lobbying by government, local enterprise partnerships, and local authorities

    • 23 February 2015
    • Statement to Parliament