The cabinet reshuffle has seen Nick Hurd resign after four years as Minister for Civil Society. Hurd took on the challenge of leading the third sector in the midst of the recession, asserting that ‘the third sector is a key partner in creating a cohesive society.’

Before his election in 2010, Hurd gave assurances that his party was in no hurry to scrap organisations founded by his predecessors, such as the volunteering body ‘v’, CapacityBuilders and FutureBuilders. He also said that he wanted to help the sector to become less dependent on state funding.

While v, CapacityBuilders and Futurebuilders are no more, some of Hurd’s recent policies focused on making it easier to set up and run charities, encouraging people to get involved with society, increasing opportunities for young people and growing the social investment market.

Reactions to Hurd’s contribution as Minister for Civil Society have been largely positive. Eco-entrepreneur Guy Battle described him as ‘a fantastic champion for Social Value Act and Social Investment’ and SIB Group CEO Jonathan Jenkins described him as ‘a great advocate for our sector.’

At time of writing the new Minister for Civil Society has yet to be announced, but we are looking forward to seeing his or her positive contribution to the third sector.

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