Cabinet reshuffle may impact philanthropy sector

Cabinet reshuffle may impact philanthropy sector


The resignation of Peter Hain MP as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has led to several moves in the cabinet reshuffle that may impact on the philanthropy sector.

James Purnell leaves his position as culture secretary at the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to take up Hain’s former role. He leaves behind the new Philanthropy Policy team that he formed to “secure a step change in philanthropy in the cultural sector”.

Purnell’s successor, Andy Burnham, most recently was Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has also been special advisor at the DCMS during Tony Blair’s first term; and Tessa Jowells research assistant.

Other moves include Minister for the Third sector, Phil Hope, adding to his responsibilities by also becoming Minister for the East Midlands. The Guardian newspaper reports that Tom Watson, “who leaves the whips office for a post of junior minister…will work alongside Phil Hope.”

In another move in the reshuffle Yvette Cooper becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury, moving from her role as Housing Minister.