Labour shadow voluntary sector minister appointed

The gap in the Labour Party’s shadow cabinet covering the civil society brief has new been filled, by Steve Reed, Labour and Co-operative MP for Croydon North.

Civil Society News on the announcement, or see their interview titled ‘The government has attempted to undermine the sector’. A sample extract:

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Political and policy update

Here are various sector round-ups from the main party conferences, plus some other public policy updates.

Party conference reports

Think tank New Philanthropy Capital was involved in fringe meetings at both the Labour and the Conservative party conferences, and reports back on what they learnt – ‘A view from the 2016 party conferences‘.

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Government reshuffle sees move for ‘Civil Society’

After some delay, it has been confirmed that the government reshuffle saw both the Office for Civil Society and the Minister for Civil Society (Rob Wilson) moved from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The reaction of sector leaders was not generally positive: Charity leaders question decision to move charities brief to DCMS. NCVO’s news release was a little more circumspect, saying that it was a good thing to “continue to have an experienced minister, familiar with both the challenges in the sector and the potential that voluntary organisations have to help create a stronger society”. However it continued

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