A round-up of new government ministers

Ministerial positions in the new Conservative government have been announced. There may be some more fine detail on individual responsibilities to come, but here is information on some of the posts of most interest to the sector.

Oliver Letwin has been promoted to head up the Cabinet Office, the department with responsibility for the charity sector and civil society (Civil Society News item). Rob Wilson will again serve as minister for civil society and will continue to be responsible for youth policy as well – Civil Society News.

Damian Hinds is the new Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, in charge of charitable tax reliefs. See CFG’s live blogging of the appointments.

Greg Clark is now Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Per CFG, he pioneered the City Deals in the last government and is a well known supporter of Localism.

Priti Patel is Employment Minister at Department of Work and Pensions, reporting to Iain Duncan Smith but also attending Cabinet meetings. She’ll be in charge of the Work Programme.

Sam Gyimah is to remain as childcare minister at the Department for Education, while Edward Timpson is promoted within the DfE to minister of state for children and families. As reported by CYPNow.

Liz Truss continues as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Justine Greening carries on as Secretary of State for International Development.

See the government’s own list of appointments, or The Guardian’s brief details and analysis of all cabinet members.

There has been some comment on the fact that the re-appointment of Rob Wilson was left to last and not announced in the same way as others. Other sector bodies welcomed the continuity. See Civil Society News round up of sector reaction.

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