Damian Hinds is new Treasury minister covering Gift Aid and other charity tax issues

Hinds, the MP for East Hampshire, is appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, replacing Priti Patel

Damian Hinds
Damian Hinds

The new minister responsible for Gift Aid and other charity tax issues is Damian Hinds, the MP for East Hampshire, who was this morning appointed as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

Alongside charity tax, the exchequer secretary has responsibility for tax policy in areas including childcare, tax credits and child poverty, gambling duties and environment and transport taxation, according to the Treasury website.

It is possible that this role will be amended over the coming days as David Cameron, the Prime Minister, completes his ministerial reshuffle.

The previous exchequer secretary was Priti Patel, who was appointed in July last year. Patel has moved on to the role of Minister of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Hinds first entered parliament in 2010 and was an assistant government whip from July 2014.

Before entering parliament, he spent 18 years working in the pubs, brewing and hotel industries in Britain and abroad, according to his personal website. He also previously chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility and "has a particular interest in access to affordable, responsible financial services and the positive role of credit unions", the website says.

Andrew O’Brien, head of policy and public affairs at the Charity Finance Group, wrote in a blog: "Damian is seen as a moderate and has worked substantially on issues of education and social mobility. He hasn’t spoken much about charities in the past, although he did raise concerns about the Charity Commission’s public benefit test in relation to denominational education (church schools) in the last parliament.

"The big issues facing the new minister (from a charity perspective) are upcoming changes to Gift Aid, the poor performance of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and concerns around irrecoverable VAT. It’ll be interesting to see how the new minister grapples with these."

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