Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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

Announcements

by The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

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  1. UK floods 2014: government response and recovery

    • 15 April 2014
    • News story
  2. 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide

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

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

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

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

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

    • 4 April 2014
    • Press release
  8. £410 million for council services that put people first

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

    • 2 April 2014
    • Press release
  10. Local shops and pubs could get a third extra off tax bill

    • 1 April 2014
    • Press release

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