Personal details are not generally included in VoluntaryNews items, as we prefer to focus on policies rather than personalities. Here are some of the basics, with plenty of links. Includes key posts in the charity regulators.
Minister for Civil Society in the UK government, appointed September 2014, and reshuffled with the job to Department of Culture, Media and Sport in 2016 – his gov.uk info. Official Twitter feed. MP for Reading East – MP’s own tweets and website.
- the Big Society agenda
- National Citizen Service and youth policy
- social action
- civil society sector support
- social enterprise and social investment
Generally only covers England, and sometimes Wales – the latter includes charity law and regulation (via the Charity Commission).
House of Commons committees
VoluntaryNews item about chairs from summer 2015.
The sector brief belongs with the secretary for communities, social security and equalities in the Scottish Government. Appointed May 2016. Responsibilities and bio – no Scottish Government Twitter feed? SNP MSP for Almond Valley constituency in West Lothian – Twitter feed.
Minister for Communities and Children in the Welsh Government has sector brief after May 2016 elections. Also includes housing, regeneration. Responsibilities and bio, official Twitter feed. Labour Assembly Member for Alyn and Deeside – Twitter feed.
Responsible for support for the voluntary and community sector; social and charities policy and legislation; urban regeneration policy, strategy and programmes; Charities Advisory Committee; housing programmes; and more.
Charity Commission (England and Wales) – Twitter feed. Chief executive Paula Sussex from June 2014. Chair William Shawcross, first appointed from October 2012, second 3-year term confirmed January 2015.
First Civil Society Media interview (Dec. 2014) with Paula Sussex since she took up the job.
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator – Twitter feed. Chief executive David Robb. Chair The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes was reappointed for a further term, to Feb 2019, by the Scottish Government in January 2015.