CAF welcomes new civil society minister

15 June 2017

Responding to Tracey Crouch MP being made the Minister responsible for civil society, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation John Low said:

“We are delighted that Tracey Crouch has taken on responsibility for civil society matters. As well as the strong ties that Ms Crouch will have forged with charities during her time as Minister for Sport, she has a strong relationship with a number of local charities that means she is well placed to understand the unique contribution that charities make to society, as well as the challenges that we face.

“Our sector has enjoyed a constructive relationship with the charities minister in the past, and I look forward to building on that with the new Minister in the coming months. Top of our list of shared priorities will be tackling divisions across society, ensuring that the Brexit deal delivers for charities, and that our sector is able to continue providing vital support to millions of people in so many ways.

“However, the decision to merge the Minister for Civil Society role with another portfolio is concerning, coming as it does on the back on the announcement that No. 10’s special adviser on charities will be leaving her post. The political uncertainty, division and social challenges we face mean that the country needs an increased role for charities, not a reduced one. It will be vital that this does not result in the voice of charities and the needs of their beneficiaries being neglected.”
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