May appoints new charities tax minister in re-shuffle

Written by Lauren Weymouth

Robert Jenrick has been appointed as the Treasury minister for charity taxation as part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet re-shuffle.

Jenrick, who is currently the Conservative MP for Newark, has been appointed as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and will oversee the charities, voluntary sector and Gift Aid briefs, as well as supporting tax legislation in parliament.

He replaces Andrew Jones MP, who was appointed as a Conservative Party vice-chair after a six month stint in charity taxation.

Prior to this role, Jenrick was the parliamentary private secretary to Home Secretary Amber Rudd – this will be his first ministerial post.

Jenrick's appointment is the second of May’s new appointments directly affecting charities. Earlier this week, she appointed Matt Hancock as the DCMS Secretary of State.

Hancock was formerly digital minister for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and will be responsible for overseeing many government policies related to charities and civil society, as well as creative industries, sport and tourism.

In his role as digital minister, Hancock successfully helped the production of the new Data Protection Bill and made a number of important decisions about the future of tech innovation.

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