About Julie

Julie James was born in Swansea but spent significant portions of her youth living around the world with her family. Julie spent her early career in London and then moved back to Swansea with her husband to raise their three children and to be closer to her family. Julie is a committed green campaigner, environmentalist and a keen swimmer and skier.

Until she was elected as Assembly Member for Swansea West, Julie was a leading environmental and constitutional lawyer. Prior to this, she was assistant chief executive at Swansea Council. She spent most of her legal career in local government, working as a policy lawyer with the London Borough of Camden before returning to Swansea to work for West Glamorgan County Council and then the City and County of Swansea.

While a backbencher, Julie sat on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, Enterprise and Business Committee and Environment and Sustainability Committee. Julie published the ‘Influencing the Modernisation of EU Procurement Policy’ Report as Chair of the Enterprise and Business Committee’s Procurement Task and Finish Group. Julie also sat as Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee’s Common Fisheries Policy Task and Finish Group.

Julie James was appointed Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology in September 2014. In May 2016 Julie was appointed as Minister for Skills and Science. Julie was appointed Leader of the House and Chief Whip on 3 November 2017 and on 13 December 2018 Julie was appointed Minister for Housing and Local Government.

Full List of Responsibilities

  • The housing and housing-related activities of Local Authorities and housing associations, including housing management and the allocation of social and affordable housing
  • Supply and quality of market, social and affordable housing
  • Homelessness and housing advice
  • Matters relating to housing provided by the private rented sector, including regulation of registered social landlords
  • Aids and adaptations, including Disabled Facilities Grants and Physical Adaptation Grants
  • The provision of housing-related support (but not the payment of Housing Benefit)
  • The regulation of commercial tenancies let by local authorities
  • Regeneration, including Strategic Regeneration Areas; legacy regeneration; and provision of sites and premises, derelict land and environmental improvements relating to regeneration
  • Structural, democratic, financial and constitutional reform of local authorities, including co-ordination of regional delivery models and their coherence with Local Government Reform
  • The Local Government Partnership Council
  • Local government constitutional matters, scrutiny arrangements, cabinets, elected mayors, the role of councillors, their diversity, conduct and remuneration
  • Local government electoral arrangements, sponsorship of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales and the timing of local authority elections
  • Local government finance policy and the un-hypothecated funding of local authorities and Police and Crime Commissioners through the local government revenue and capital settlements
  • Financial governance, financing and accounting relating to local government
  • Local government workforce matters
  • Fair Work
  • Workforce Partnership Council
  • Coordination of measures to mitigate child poverty
  • Oversight of audit, inspection and regulation as they relate to public services, including the organisational arrangements for Health Inspectorate Wales and the Care Inspectorate Wales
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Lead responsibility for monitoring Post Office and Royal Mail matters in Wales
  • Fire and Rescue Services including community fire safety
  • Lead on policy in relation to the Armed Forces in Wales and veterans
  • National Infrastructure Commission
  • Oversight and implementation of the Planning Acts and all aspects of planning policy and the determination of called-in planning applications and appeals
  • Planning gain – Section 106 Agreements contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  • Developments of National Significance: determination of planning applications and connected consents
  • All aspects of building regulations
  • Wales Spatial Plan and the National Development Framework
  • Sustainable resource and waste management in Wales
  • Strategic lead on allotments and urban green infrastructure
  • Local environment quality, including litter, fly-tipping, noise policy and regulation
  • Access to the countryside, coast and rights of way and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and national parks
  • Welfare reform
  • Financial inclusion, including credit unions

Contact Julie James by email at: [email protected]