The Office for Civil Society moves
Is the Big Society dead?
That’s the conclusion some have reached, following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle after she became prime minister. Charities’ role in public services have moved out of the Cabinet Office and into the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
The Office for Civil Society is still responsible for charities, volunteering, social investment and mutuals. But now it and civil society minister Rob Wilson no longer sit in a department at the heart of government, but in the DCMS, further down the Whitehall pecking order.Some feel that the OCS will struggle to push social enterprise or public sector mutuals from the DCMS. And with civil servants understandably preoccupied with Brexit, the worry is that charities will no longer have the ear of senior ministers and public managers.