Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central is delighted to have been appointed as the Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector. As a National Officer at Unite the Union, and formally Amicus, she led the sector for seven years, championing the needs of the sector and all those who worked in it. Her experience of working with charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, co-operatives and social enterprises will put her in good stead as she takes to be their champion in Parliament.
York’s MP recognises the immense contribution that charities play across our society in supporting people in need, bringing vital services to people as well as giving people opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. At this critical time in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, Rachael will speak up for the sector who are literally providing the glue holding our society together. She recognises the financial fragility of voluntary sector organisations, which are estimated to lose £4.3bn over the next 12 weeks, while the Government have only allocated £750m to prop up parts of the sector.
Rachael Maskell MP says:
“The Voluntary Sector needs a voice in Parliament, now more than ever, to scrutinise the Government and ensure that it can be resilient at this very difficult time. I will be that voice and will work closely with the sector to ensure that there is a greater focus on the work that an army of dedicated volunteers donate to enhancing our society. The sector is the source of innovation, compassion, creativity and service that holds our society together. I will amplify its voice, fight for its needs and secure its future. I commence this new role by saying ‘thank you’ for your service as I seek to serve you.”