Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Faith

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

Biography

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.

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
  • integration and faith

Minister for Faith

The minister works with religious and community leaders to promote faith, religious tolerance and stronger communities within the UK.

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  1. Better bin buying would save £70 million every year, says report

    • 29 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. 100 councils set to freeze Council Tax as authorities sit on £30 billion

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

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

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

    • 26 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. British Holocaust heroes honoured as projects launched to ‘never forget’

    • 26 March 2015
    • News story
  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