Charities minister moved to Education Department in reshuffle

There is currently no charities minister after Baroness Barran was moved to the Department for Education in last week’s reshuffle.

Barran, who had been minister for civil society and loneliness since July 2020, is now minister for the school system under the new education secretary Nadhim Zahawi.

Civil Society News has sought confirmation from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), about whether the department will continue to host the Office for Civil Society and when the minister responsible will be named.

On Twitter, Barran said: “Great honour to be appointed to @educationgovuk ministerial team. Excited to get to work but first….HUGE THANKS to @DCMS Civil Society and Youth team for all your support. Also to all the charities, social enterprises for all the work you do – especially during the past 18 months.

“It has been the most difficult time and you have stepped up and delivered for our communities. Supported of course by brilliant volunteers whose generosity has been extraordinary. Thanks too to all the funders and philanthropists who have partnered with us in the past year.”

Barran was generally well respected in the charity sector and several senior leaders tweeted their gratitude and best wishes.


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