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Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude to chair government committee on the big society - 5 July 2010

A new big society committee of ministers from all departments with remits affecting the voluntary sector will meet for the first time later this month.

The committee will be chaired by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, and will include ministers from the Treasury and Communities and Local Government.

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, told delegates at a conference in London last week that one priority for the group would be making sure the Compact – the conduct agreement between the public and voluntary sectors – was observed across Whitehall.

A spokesman for the Office for Civil Society said the relevant secretaries of state had been asked to put up ministers in their departments who would be responsible for putting the big society agenda in place.

He said they would form a ministerial group that would lead the government’s work on the big society. This would include making sure commitments to the voluntary sector were upheld and discussing issues that affected the whole sector.