Nick Hurd appointed Minister for Civil Society

Written by Andrew Holt

Nick Hurd will be the minister responsible for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations in the Cabinet Office, following an official announcement today by the Prime Minister's office.

He will be known as the Minister for Civil Society within the new Office of Civil Society, which replaces The Office for the Third Sector.

Speaking to Cabinet Office staff, Nick Hurd, alongside the Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude, has announced that Government policy will focus on three fundamental issues:

• Making it easier to run a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation

• Getting more resources into the sector: strengthening its independence and resilience

• Making it easier for sector organisations to work with the State

Nick Hurd, minister for Civil Society, said: "This Government values the economic and social contribution of Britain's charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations, and the extraordinary work individual people do to improve the lives of others and of the most disadvantaged.

"It is the sector's commitment and ability to support and mobilise people across the country that puts it at the very centre of our mission to deliver better public services and build the Big Society.

"We are committed to bringing a clear vision to the sector that will mean charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations are easier to run and not overwhelmed by interference and bureaucracy."

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