Office for Civil Society structure finalised

Since the Office for Civil Society (OCS) was created in the Cabinet Office in May 2010, work has progressed to ensure it is organised around Ministers’ key priorities and can take a lead across government on the Big Society.

Following the restructure, staff from the former Office for the Third Sector and the Social Exclusion Task Force are now working on the Big Society agenda within OCS. Lead responsibility for issues of multiple disadvantage now sits within the Department for Work and Pensions.

OCS are supporting Ministers in their commitment to:

  • make it easier to run a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation;
  • get more resources into the sector and strengthen its independence and resilience; and
  • make it easier for sector organisations to work with the state.

We are working across government to translate the Big Society vision into practical policies and to deliver a radical change in the relationship between citizen and state. OCS reports to the Informal Ministerial group on Big Society and to the Home Affairs Cabinet Committee.

OCS reports to Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, and Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office. OCS also provides support for Lord Wei, the Government Adviser for Big Society.

The new OCS structure includes the following five teams, which is set out in more detail in the organogram:

  • Big Society Policy and Analysis
  • Public Services
  • Charities and Sector Support
  • Social Investment and Social Enterprise
  • Social Action


Organogram of the Office for Civil Society
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Publication date: 11/10/2010

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