Greg Clark

Greg Clark

Greg Clark is former communities secretary
  • Pitch perfect for the future

    11 June 2024

    The time is ripe for local leaders to prepare pitches for projects that can make a difference in their areas, writes Greg Clark.


  • Wanted: A cross-party view on SEND

    16 April 2024

    The unwillingness of either of the Government contenders to make future SEND spending commitments risks the problem not getting the pre-election focus it requires, says Greg Clark


  • ‘There’s no national growth without local growth’

    19 February 2024

    With an eye on the upcoming Budget and the General Election, Greg Clark outlines why local government must have a prominent place in any plan for UK economic growth.


  • Under pressure

    04 December 2023

    Pressures are increasing in every local authority he speaks to, but with the need to bear down on the cost of living still pressing, this is not the right time for a big rise in council tax, says Greg Clark.


  • Goodbye two-tier

    09 October 2023

    Without a big injection of cash to sustain it in existence, a two-tier structure of councils will be deemed no longer sustainable, says former levelling up secretary Greg Clark.


  • Avoiding wheezes and whims

    08 August 2023

    The Government is about to publish a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework, but Greg Clark worries that policy will be hijacked by crude Westminster politics.


  • Devolution is the only game in town

    07 July 2016

    Greg Clark says the Government must recognise that the case for devolution to local government is even stronger after the Brexit vote


  • A first class economic journey

    06 April 2016

    Writing exclusively for The MJ, Greg Clark explains why national GDP matters locally and how regions should approach the Government’s ongoing devolution drive


  • Time to make an impact

    01 July 2015

    Secretary of State, Greg Clark, says a lot can be learned nationally from local government’s problem-solving abilities, and maps out his vision for further devolution of powers.


  • Looking back on five years as a minister

    17 March 2015

    As the current Parliament draws to a close, cities minister Greg Clark reflects on his ministerial career over the past five years and his achievements in planning, localism and decentralisation, City Deals and local growth.


  • It’s not about the money, money, money

    11 November 2014

    Greater Manchester’s local growth deal points the way to future devolution of powers from Whitehall to localities, but the emphasis is on effective use on existing funding, not new money, explains Greg Clark


  • Cities will drive our economy

    13 October 2014

    Greg Clark MP writes that for the first time, housing, infrastructure and other funding is being brought together in a single pot and put directly into the hands of local authorities


  • Dealer's choice

    10 June 2014

    Greg Clark sets out the rationale for the soon-to-be-announced Local Growth Deals


  • The enterprise agenda

    20 May 2014

    There is no better time than now to be running a local authority committed to leading local economic transformation, writes cities minister Greg Clark.


  • Cities rising to the challenge

    23 April 2014

    Cities minister Greg Clark on the emergence of strong civic leadership as a pre-requisite for attracting inward investment


  • A licence to innovate

    16 November 2011

    The Localism Bill-one of the major planks of last year's Coalition Agreement-has finally completed its passage through Parliament. Greg Clark explains what happens next.