Friday, 12 January 2018

A Children’s Minister?

It now seems that Nadhim Zahawi MP will take on the responsibilities of children’s minister (previously discharged by Robert Goodwill MP) in the Department for Education (DfE) .

I wish him well.

It appears, however, that Nadhim has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, a very junior ministerial post which is, according to the DfE’s website, unpaid.  All previous holders of the children’s minister brief have been Ministers of Sate, a more senior and paid position.

Does this mean that the Government now accords reduced priority to children’s social care? 

I hope not, but I suspect it does.