Rob Wilson MP has been assigned policy responsibility for public libraries in England at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Previously Rob Wilson was Minister for Civil Society at the Cabinet Office which included charities and social enterprises. The libraries brief was previously held by Ed Vaizey, the longest serving arts minister, who left the position of Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in the most recent reshuffle.
Nick Poole CILIP Chief Executive said,
“I would like to congratulate Rob Wilson on his appointment. I am sure he is relishing the opportunity to support and develop libraries as they improve life chances for families and communities across the country. Libraries add value to the UK economy by supporting enterprise and employment, they save the NHS money through public health initiatives, and are an essential part of improving literacy skills.
“As Minister for Civil Society Rob’s experiences spearheading initiatives that improve social mobility, give everyone equal chances and create a stronger society will be invaluable. I look forward to working with Rob and his team to ensure that there is the political leadership, policy support and investment to create modern and sustainable library services that meet the information needs of the public now and in the future.”
Other members of the DCMS Ministerial team are Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. Under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act it is the DCMS Secretary of State who ultimately is responsible for the stewardship and improvement of public library services in England.
Originally published on cilip.org.uk.