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Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

Ed balls.jpg
Incumbent:
Ed Balls MP
Style: The Right Honourable
Appointed by: Gordon Brown
as Prime Minister
First: Ed Balls MP
Formation: 28 June 2007

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The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families is a Cabinet minister in the United Kingdom. The post was created on 28 June 2007 after the disbanding of the Department for Education and Skills by Gordon Brown[1]. The current, and first, Secretary of State is Ed Balls, a former treasury aide to Brown[2]. He is head of the Department for Children, Schools and Families responsible for coordinating work across Government relevant to youth justice, the respect agenda and family policy, while also taking over responsibility for education policy up to the age of 19 in England from the Department of Education and Skills, with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills being responsible for education after that age[3]. Other responsibilities include input into the Government's strategy for ending child poverty, with the Department of Work and Pensions, and into promoting the health of all children by working with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Name Portrait Took office Left office Political party Prime Minister
Ed Balls Ed balls.jpg 28 June 2007 incumbent Labour Gordon Brown

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