Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government)

Rishi Sunak MP


Rishi Sunak was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 9 January 2018.


Rishi went to Winchester College and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University (USA) where he studied for his MBA.

Political career

Rishi was elected Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) in May 2015 and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from June 2017 until his ministerial appointment.

Career before politics

Rishi spent his professional career before politics in business and finance, working internationally. He co-founded an investment firm working with companies in multiple geographies. He then used that experience to help small and entrepreneurial British companies grow.

Personal life

Rishi is married with two young daughters.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government)

The minister is responsible for:

  • Local government policy, including local government reform
  • Local government finances (including local authority sustainability and business rates retention)
  • Adult social care
  • Local government interventions policy and oversight of existing interventions
  • Local government pensions
  • Troubled Families
  • Parks / green space


  1. £7.5 million fund for councils' digital innovation opens
  2. Government announces further protections for tenants against unfair letting fees
  3. Government injects £7.5 million into council digital agenda with launch of new sector pledge
  4. The Local Digital Declaration
  5. Plant nurseries will remain exempt from business rates
  6. Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill: fact sheet
  7. MPs to debate new legislation to bring long-term empty homes back into use
  8. Business rates boost for broadband
  9. Government boosts councils’ powers to help bring empty homes back into use
  10. More families helped to change their lives for the better