Change in charity minister

As you may have read in the general press, Brooks Newmark, the recently appointed Minister for Civil Society in the UK government, has resigned. He has been replaced by Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, a former aide to the chancellor.

Wilson had been in sector news earlier this year for complaining to the Charity Commission about a supposed lack of political neutrality by a charity, and he asked the Commission to update its guidance on campaigning and political activity to include social media. The Guardian’s coverage or Civil Society Media at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/18249/. The ministerial position covers youth issues as well, and Wilson will also have  supporting role on public sector efficiency and reform.

Also just announced, there is a change in the director of the Office of Civil Society, which reports to the minister, with the new office holder coming from the Department for Work and Pensions, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/18256/.