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Honours for local government leaders

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Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary at DCLG, has been honoured alongside other local government leaders in the Queen's birthday honours.

Mr Housden will receive a KCB.

Council leaders honoured are Michael Rye (Enfield Council) and Kenneth Taylor (Coventry City Council) who have received OBEs. MBEs have been awarded to Graham Baxter (North East Derbyshire Council) and Sandra Barnes (South Northamptonshire District Council). Merrick Cockell, leader of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been awarded a Knighthood for services to local government.

William Taylor, chief executive of West Lancashire District Council has also been awarded an MBE. An OBE goes to Nicola Yates, deputy chief executive at Hull City Council. Robert Vincent, chief executive for Kirklees council and John Schultz chief executive of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council have also been awarded a CBE.

Peter Housden will take up his new post as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government on 22 June. Irene Lucas, currently a Director-General at DCLG, will be appointed as Acting Permanent Secretary pending an open competition for the post. Full details can be found on the department website.