The recent Charity Commission investigation into the Family and Childcare Trust is an example of how complaints can be used as a tool to muzzle charities. Campaigners must make sure it doesn't work says David Ainsworth.
David Ainsworth assesses the impact of the Lobbying Act.
Oxfam, Shelter, Barnardo’s, NCVO and other leading charities have raised concerns with government that a new overall cap on welfare spending could bring “compound hardship for many individuals and families”.
One thing we really do need is leadership in the Charity Commission that is truly and transparently independent from the party in power.
NCVO has today launched a research project which looks into the effects of recent welfare reforms on charities and their beneficiaries.
Proposed new powers for the Charity Commission are "too broad" and give it too much authority to remove trustees, the NCVO has said in its response to a Cabinet Office consultation.
The income of charities registered in England and Wales was more than £61bn in 2013, up almost £3bn on the previous year, according to figures published by the Charity Commission.
Ed Miliband wants to give back control of public services to the people who use them, he said last night at the Hugo Young lecture.