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

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

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. Economic development in coastal and seaside areas

    • 20 March 2015
  2. High streets and town centres

    • 10 November 2014
  3. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and enterprise zones

    • 24 October 2014
  4. House building

    • 13 August 2014
  5. Localism

    • 28 July 2014
  6. Support for families

    • 1 May 2014
  7. Community integration

    • 28 April 2014
  8. Building regulation

    • 21 March 2014
  9. Council Tax reform

    • 17 January 2014
  10. Homebuying

    • 8 October 2013

Announcements

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  1. Further intervention in London borough of Tower Hamlets

    • 29 April 2015
    • Government response
  2. Better bin buying would save £70 million every year, says report

    • 29 March 2015
    • Press release
  3. 100 councils set to freeze Council Tax as authorities sit on £30 billion

    • 29 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. Eric Pickles welcomes council prayers law

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Local government: delivering for England

    • 26 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Housing and planning

    • 26 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Planning update March 2015

    • 25 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. Local audit

    • 23 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. Ensuring leaseholders get a fair deal

    • 23 March 2015
    • Press release
  10. Open recruitment

    • 20 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament