The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse got under way and the name of the new Minister for Faith & Integration emerged without the customary fanfare…
New Minister for Faith & Integration
At the beginning of the week the Government made a very low-key announcement (in fact, so low-key that we only picked it up via Twitter) that the faith portfolio previously held by Baroness Warsi and Eric Pickles has been given to Baroness [Susan] Williams of Trafford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Gov.uk lists her responsibilities as follows:
- departmental business in the House of Lords
- local government finance and policy
- integration and faith
- supporting the Secretary of State on City Deals and Troubled Families
- women and equalities, including race equality (supporting the Department for Education in the Lords).
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
On 9 July the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was officially opened at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre by its Chair, Hon Lowell Goddard DNZM, a judge of the High Court of New Zealand.