Earlier this week, with the support of Jack’s Member of Parliament, Chris Davies MP (Brecon and Radnorshire), Jack received a response from Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society to his Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Report and Recommendations.
Tracey Crouch MP, Minister comments:
My officials have been considering the wealth of research produced by those with a passion for civil society as we are developing the forthcoming Civil Society Strategy. […] Ensuring that young people have a voice is an important part of that, and Mr Gillum’s recommendations in that respect are interesting. I particularly agree with Mr Gillum’s comments about the relevance of civil society to all government departments. I hope you will both be pleased to hear that the Civil Society Strategy will be a truly cross-government strategy and that we have been working particularly closely with the MHCLG throughout this process.
In the response to the letter received from the Minister, Jack commented:
I am glad to see a commitment from this Government to adapting a flexible working relationship with Civil Society Organisations that is not only focused on the results they bring but also the social change they create. However, this commitment will only be true if when the Government release their Civil Society Strategy in the summer is one which is robust and does not fall short in making sure true citizen voice is heard in policy development rather than being another process to follow.