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:

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

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.


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.


under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

  1. Improving high streets and town centres

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

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

    • 17 January 2014
  4. Giving people more power over what happens in their neighbourhood

    • 7 November 2013
  5. Helping people to buy a home

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

    • 2 October 2013
  7. Making local councils more transparent and accountable to local people

    • 1 October 2013
  8. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and using planning to protect the environment

    • 5 September 2013
  9. Giving communities more power in planning local development

    • 27 August 2013
  10. Supporting economic development projects in coastal and seaside areas

    • 23 August 2013


by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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  1. Eric Pickles takes action to defend the independent free press

    • 17 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. UK floods 2014: government response and recovery

    • 15 April 2014
    • News story
  3. 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide

    • 14 April 2014
    • Speech
  4. Government offers support for locally-led garden cities

    • 14 April 2014
    • Press release
  5. Local planning and renewable energy developments

    • 9 April 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Empty homes reach 10-year low

    • 8 April 2014
    • Press release
  7. Extra borrowing powers for councils to build 10,000 affordable homes

    • 7 April 2014
    • Press release
  8. Inspectors appointed to investigate London borough of Tower Hamlets

    • 4 April 2014
    • Press release
  9. £410 million for council services that put people first

    • 3 April 2014
    • Press release
  10. New independent panel to advise on services that put people first

    • 2 April 2014
    • Press release

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