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3 Oct 2014 | John Tate

With the emergence of the cloud, the number of accounting software options is growing fast – just as it did in the 1990s. John Tate provides some lessons from those former times.

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Dinner service

Ian Allsop provides an overview of the CFDG annual dinner and assesses that diners enjoy what's on their plates despite talk of lavish cuts.

The domino effect

The haste of the quango cuts has David Davison worried about the impact on organisations big and small as he warns that  pension schemes could provide the final straw to break your organisation's back.

Big Brother or Big Society?

Gordon Hunter wonders, whatever happened to charity now that it has been engulfed by the state?

Freeing up provision of social care

Doug Forbes ponders the future of adult social care delivery in a GP commissioning environment and suggests emulating the Royal Air Force model.

Whatever the motivation behind the idea that charities be required to publish their expenditure on campaigning and political work in their annual returns, I don't think we should reject it too quickly. While such a requirement should not become burdensome for charities, any move towards greater transparency and accountability, in our sector as in others, is a positive one.

» Public benefit test - to be, or not to be?

Pensions, quangos, and Vietnamese rat farming -  the law of unintended consequences

The quango cull could hold unintended financial consequences for the sector, and the saga's only just begun, warns David Davison.

Sam Younger

Gordon Hunter thinks the Charity Commission's new focus could be to redefine what a charity is in the wake of the quango cull.

Finance model

As the cuts cloud engulfs the UK, could new models of financing provide the bright light the sector needs? Jonathan Lewis thinks so.

Copyright David Blaikie

Big Society blogger Gordon Hunter asks whether the Big Society agenda is just too simple to implement.

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