Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

Biography

Elizabeth Truss was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 11 June 2017. She was elected as the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010.

Education

Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

Elizabeth entered Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012. Elizabeth served as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016.
She was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from July 2016 until June 2017.

Career outside politics

Elizabeth was previously Deputy Director at Reform. She also worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director, and is a qualified management accountant.

Personal life

Elizabeth is married with 2 children.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Chief Secretary (CST) is responsible for:

  • public expenditure, including:
    • spending reviews and strategic planning
    • in-year spending control
    • public sector pay and pensions
    • Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) and welfare reform
    • efficiency and value for money in public service
    • procurement
    • capital investment
    • infrastructure spending
    • housing and planning
    • spending issues related to trade
    • transport policy, including HS2, Crossrail 2, Roads, Network Rail, Oxford/Cambridge corridor
    • Treasury interest in devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • women in the economy
  • childcare policy, including tax free childcare
  • tax credits policy
  • labour market policy

The Chief Secretary should be engaged on all issues of public spending.

Previous roles in government

  1. Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • 2014 to 2016
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare

    • 2012 to 2014

Policies

  1. Animal and plant health

Announcements

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  1. £700 million South West food exports are vital to economic success

    • News story
  2. Liz Truss encourages West Midlands independent businesses to embrace export opportunities

    • News story
  3. Skills boost for the North as maths school to open in Liverpool

    • News story
  4. Chief Secretary to the Treasury visits Royal Norfolk Show

    • News story
  5. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss speech to the London School of Economics

    • Speech
  6. Reduce school holidays stress with help for childcare costs

    • News story
  7. Take the stress out the school holidays with Tax-Free Childcare

    • Press release
  8. £10 billion Immingham and Grimsby ports can be gateways to prosperity

    • News story
  9. Trade growth top of the agenda on Teesside tour

    • News story
  10. Speech by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury at the Spectator Housing Summit

    • Speech