Nick Hurd, Conservative MP for Ruislip-Northwood and son of former foreign secretary Lord Douglas Hurd, is the current minister for civil society. He spent fifteen months as the party’s charities spokesman while in opposition, before taking on the ministerial role following the 2010 general election.
Hurd was elected to parliament in 2005. He has served on the environment audit committee and in 2006 successfully took through parliament a private members bill, the Sustainable Communities Act.
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The use of collaborative social investment funding for charities by charitable foundations and private sector organisations has been commended in a Cabinet Office report into achieving social impact at scale.
Big Society Network was awarded £200,000 from the government’s Social Action Fund last year ahead of more than 600 other applicants, even though it failed to meet a number of the stated criteria, civilsociety.co.uk can reveal.
Shadow Minister for civil society , Gareth Thomas is right when he states its benefits will be too late for many organisations. Voluntary organisations need the benefits now, not in another three years time.
Four charities have received additional funding, totalling £3.1m, from the Social Action Fund after demonstrating "particular effectiveness".
More than half of the public are against paying trustees and a third are against paying charity chief executives, according to new research from nfpSynergy.
The £600m in new tax incentives to support philanthropy that was cited by Nick Hurd in an open letter to Sir Stephen Bubb earlier this year has been exposed as a cumulative estimate for four years ahead.