The Office of the Third Sector is a branch of the government’s Cabinet Office, and looks after voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, charities, cooperatives and mutuals.
The Office was created in May 2006 and combined the responsibilities of the Active Communities Directorate within the Home Office, and the Social Enterprise Unit of the former DTI, now referred to as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The Office works in partnership with both central and local government with a view to:
According to the Office this is achieved by:
The Office also provides the UK with the only dedicated Third Sector minister – currently Angela Smith.
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