Office for Civil Society relocated to DCMS

Over the summer we saw Theresa May’s first Government reshuffle as Prime Minister. Rob Wilson MP is continuing in his role as the Minister for Civil Society, however the department he heads up has moved across from the Cabinet Office to Department for Culture, Media and Sport from the Cabinet Office (DCMS).

Wilson’s portfolio also has the added responsibility for libraries after the move. In an interview with Civil Society magazine, he says the new arrangement is a good fit and that he is delighted with the outcome.

The sector response has not been as positive as he might have hoped for though with many seeing the charity agenda being at the centre of Government whilst located at the Cabinet Office and the move to DCMS as a downgrade. Social Enterprises have been more concerned then others with Peter Holbrook, Chief Exceutive of Social Enterprise UK wanting to see responsibility for social enterprises to be moved to the newly created Department for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Wilson says the Office for Civil Society will continue to work effectively across government. He also points out the he will work with Nick Hurd MP in the BEIS who is a former charities minister with a long understanding of the role charities play.

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