Two former social work staff have been promoted in a Scottish
executive reshuffle following the shock resignation of Wendy
Alexander, minister of enterprise, transport and lifelong
Margaret Curran, former community worker and lecturer in
community education, has been appointed as minister for social
justice. Previously the deputy minister for the same portfolio,
Curran moves up to take the place of Iain Gray who has been
appointed to the post formerly held by Alexander.
Hugh Henry, former welfare rights officer, moves sideways to the
post of deputy minister for social justice from his present post as
deputy minister for health and community care. Curran and
Henry’s wide brief in social justice includes the major
transfer of Glasgow council’s housing stock to the
independent Glasgow Housing Association, as well as community
regeneration and tackling child poverty.
Henry’s previous role as deputy minister of health and
community care, is to be taken over by Frank McAveety, former
leader of Glasgow council.