Minister for Civil Society move to DCMS
- Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:24
Commenting on the transfer of the role of minister for civil society from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, which represents charities and volunteering, said:
We have always championed charities and the remarkable things they do for our society to every part of government. Charitable giving, volunteering and social action are part of the social and cultural heritage of Britain. Charities contribute to economic growth and run high quality, user-oriented public services. They can play an important role in delivering the ambitious social justice programme that Theresa May set out in her first speech as prime minister.
We look forward to continuing to work with Rob Wilson and we know he will want to make the civil society brief a priority both within DCMS and the government as a whole. It's a good thing that we continue to have an experienced minister, familiar with both the challenges in the sector and the potential that voluntary organisations have to help create a stronger society.
There are reasonable questions about how to ensure cross-cutting issues, such as charities’ role in public services, can be dealt with in the same manner as they were in the Cabinet Office. This is not an insurmountable challenge but will require some focus. The pivotal role of charities and volunteering in every aspect of public life must be a central part of this new government's agenda.
We hope that together we can keep up momentum on helping charities to make a bigger difference in every area of society, and we look forward to further productive discussions on supporting the UK's strong volunteering culture.