29 Oct 2013
While management in the charity sector has changed significantly in the past few decades, a reluctance to invest in governance has led to a stagnation of board structure and a lack of diversity, according to Dame Mary Marsh’s review of skills and leadership in the social sector.
The prospect of a single charity registration process for both HMRC and the Charity Commission is not far off, Charities Act reviewer Lord Hodgson hinted to a conference audience yesterday.
Jonathan Jenkins, chief executive of the Social Investment Business, is reviewing his use of social media in order to minimise perceptions that he has social relationships with people from charities that receive statutory funds on his recommendation.
Research comparing the ‘admin costs’ of charities to their performance claims that on average higher performing charities spend more on administration than their lower performing peers.
Big Society Capital launched its first annual report last night, which shows it has delivered £39m of capital to 15 social investment finance intermediaries, which have so far benefited 23 frontline organisations.
These enormous sums, apparent lack of process or control, the impression of pals lining each others' pockets, and dissemblance (at best) combine to look more than scandalous.
Get In, the childhood sports project that Big Society Network’s Social Action Fund grant was supposed to fund, was faltering in quarter one of the grant agreement, yet the Cabinet Office gave Big Society Network a further £98,000 for the project at the end of quarter two, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show.
Shadow minister for civil society Gareth Thomas has tabled a series of Parliamentary questions to minister Nick Hurd about the government's funding of Big Society Network and the allocation of Social Action Fund money.
Last week Cathy Wilson, policy adviser to HMRC, addressed delegates at the Charity Tax Group conference highlighting the scale of the UK’s charity fraud and tax-avoidance problem, describing it as an ‘industry’ of its own. Kate Sayer reflects.
NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington will use a speech today to criticise the leadership of the Charity Commission and warn that it has lost the respect of the sector over the Cup Trust scandal.