Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning

Joe FitzPatrick MSP



Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Joe FitzPatrick was appointed as Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning in March 2023.


Supports the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • local government
  • planning and National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4)
  • town centre regeneration including business improvement districts
  • regeneration policy and the place-based investment programme
  • retail policy, recovery and strategy


Born in Dundee in 1967, Joe FitzPatrick was educated at Whitfield High School.

He studied forestry at Inverness College and worked for the Forestry Commission before gaining a first class honours degree in science from Abertay University.

A former assistant to Shona Robison MSP and Stewart Hosie MP and, from 1999, a Dundee City Councillor, Mr FitzPatrick was elected in May 2007 to the Scottish Parliament, where he represents the Dundee West (now Dundee City West) constituency

Mr FitzPatrick previously served in the Scottish Government, from 2012 to December 2020, firstly as Minister for Parliamentary Business and then Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing.

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