Civil society should be ‘embedded across government’, says minister

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The charities minister has said that civil society should be “embedded in every single part of the government”. Speaking at an all-party parliamentary group in the Houses of Parliament yesterday, Nigel Huddleston described himself as the “lead” minister for civil society, arguing that all government departments should be focused on the sector.

At the event, Huddleston said the government was looking at simplifying the safeguarding process for volunteers. 

He said: “Everybody needs to take safeguarding seriously because I’m afraid there are just too many incidents where, if we don’t keep an eye on it, bad things happen.  “I know there are a lot of complaints about it and I understand that. We are trying to simplify it as much as possible, but it is part of the required process.” Also at the event, representatives of the Vision for Volunteering initiative said it would not “be prescriptive” in measuring the programme’s impact.

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