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Top mandarin quits Pickles' department

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The senior civil servant in charge of planning, housing and regeneration in Eric Pickles’ communities department has quit government.

The Department for Communities & Local Government confirmed that Richard McCarthy, director general for neighbourhoods, is to leave Whitehall to become executive director at Capita Symonds.

DCLG said he would leave his role, for which he is paid £175k, in November, with Andrew Campbell, currently director of strategy and performance, to assume McCarthy’s responsibilities prior to a new appointment.

In his role Mr McCarthy is in charge of the department’s housing, planning, regneration and homelessness work.

Mr McCarthy said:”I’ve had a fantastic eight years as a director-general at DCLG. It’s been an extraordinary period. However, the opportunity to take on this new role, with the fresh challenges that it presents me, is too good to refuse.”

Sir Bob Kerslake, DCLG permanent secretary said: “I will be very sorry to see Richard go. He’s made a huge contribution to the work of the Department over a long period, and has led on the introduction of major changes in housing, planning and regeneration, including two substantial parliamentary bills.”

Mr McCarthy joined DCLG in 2003.


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