CAF responds to Cabinet Office appointments

13 May 2015

Responding to the appointment of Rob Wilson as Minister for Civil Society and Oliver Letwin as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in overall charge of the Cabinet Office, Charities Aid Foundation Chief Executive John Low said:

“We congratulate Rob Wilson on being reappointed minister for civil society and look forward to continuing our work with him ensure charities occupy a central place in government's agenda.

"Oliver Letwin's role at the head of the Cabinet Office has the potential to deliver a much more joined up approach to charities across Whitehall.

"One of the big challenges for the new Cabinet Office team will be to make sure the important role of voluntary organisations is seen as a key consideration for every part of government and not just the responsibility of their own department.

“The Conservative party’s manifesto reaffirmed its commitment to the Big Society. This is still an area of huge unfulfilled potential. Government should make it an urgent priority to work with charities to develop the Big Society concept into a coherent set of policies.

"We also look forward to government rapidly setting out how it will deliver on its promise to give paid time off for volunteering and provide extra support to get young people involved in good causes.

“Charities have not been immune to the challenges of austerity over the past few years and have found it harder to raise funds while demand for their support has increased. In order to strengthen the impact that our charities can make, this government must continue to create a positive climate in which charities can operate."

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