Chloe Smith set for new Cabinet Office role

She moves from the Treasury, but details of her duties are yet to be announced

Chloe Smith
Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith, the economic secretary to the Treasury, is set for a new ministerial role at the Cabinet Office, Third Sector understands.

Smith was last night appointed parliamentary secretary at the Cabinet Office as part of the government reshuffle, but her precise duties are yet to be confirmed. The ministerial team at the Cabinet Office includes Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

Smith has been MP for Norwich North since she won a by-election in 2009 after the resignation of the Labour MP Ian Gibson in the wake of the parliamentary expenses scandal.

She has been the minister in charge of the Small Charitable Donations Bill, which will introduce the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and received its second reading in parliament yesterday. The scheme will enable charities to claim Gift-Aid style payments on small donations totalling no more than £5,000 in a year without individual Gift Aid declarations.

Smith spoke to Third Sector in July as part of a Treasury charm offensive following the debacle over the so-called "philanthropy tax". She was the news in June following a harsh interrogation on Newsnight about the government's decision to delay plans to increase fuel duty.

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