Civil society minister moves to Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Rob Wilson retains the post of Minister for Civil Society and reports to culture secretary Karen Bradley

The responsibility for the charities brief within government has moved from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, has moved to the DCMS and will keep his role, a spokeswoman for the DCMS confirmed today.

Wilson’s move to the DCMS was announced as one of a raft of junior ministerial appointments from Number 10 yesterday.

It is unclear whether the Office for Civil Society will remain under the DCMS, but the spokeswoman said she hoped to confirm this by the end of today.

Wilson, who was appointed as charities minister in September 2014 after the resignation of Brooks Newmark, remains a parliamentary under secretary of state at his new department.

He will report to Karen Bradley, the former Home Office minister who replaced John Whittingdale as culture secretary last week.

Before the restructure, the DCMS already had responsibility for some aspects of voluntary sector policy, including the National Lottery, society lotteries and museums and galleries.

It is the third department to take responsibility for the charities brief in the past 10 years. It sat within the Home Office before the creation of the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office under the Labour government in 2006.

The OTS was renamed the Office for Civil Society in 2010 when the coalition government came to power.

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