15 May 2014
Oxfam’s international secretariat has made the decision in principle to move its headquarters from Oxford to either Bangkok or Nairobi as part of a wider objective to devolve power from the northern to the southern hemisphere.
Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) has been granted leave to appeal to the High Court against certain parts, but not all, of the Charity Tribunal’s recent decision not to allow it to discriminate against gay people. As the case is believed to have been the first in which a court or tribunal was asked to consider the correct interpretation of regulation 18 of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007, the Tribunal said the case "raises a point of law of public importance which it would be appropriate for the High Court to consider on appeal".
St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield took the award for most unusual item offered to a charity shop this year, for two coffins it was offered. Because of the size of the coffins, the shop couldn’t actually accept the donation, but still walked off with the gong at the Association of Charity Shops annual awards.
Opposition leader David Cameron’s declaration last week that the third sector should be called the ‘first sector’ might have been flattering - but it was also somewhat familiar. Guests who attended the 2006 Charity Awards, hosted by Gyles Brandreth (pictured), may recall that the former politician gave the sort of speech that had some guests roaring with laughter but left others aghast, not quite believing he could have the audacity to say such unpolitically-correct things, and especially not in such esteemed company.
A ban on 100 cub scouts holding a protest meeting in the House of Commons has been slammed by MPs in an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for cub scouts to be allowed access to Westminster Hall. The Scout Association had planned a lobby of parliament to protest against the increase in water charges for voluntary groups next Wednesday (15 July).
A single and largely centralised body will never meet the need for a regulatory body to oversee an increasingly diverse sector.
The National Audit Office has issued guidance to government funders to help them reduce the reporting burden they place on charities providing public services.
The Funding Commission has decided to focus its work investigating how to transform the funding environment for the sector, on three themes-capitalisation, stimulating giving, and local action. The Commission has recently finished a 12-week consultation with civil society organisations and experts, at which a number of issues were raised: local funding, funding practice, public service delivery, capacity-building, social investment, giving, and volunteering.
The Charities Aid Foundation has said that if a new 'European foundation' classification is to be successful, then it must be implemented with strong supervision and regulation.
The Charity Commission's decision to take 'ministerial interest' into account when assessing risk in providing services to charities is at odds with its own claim to be independent, according to the Charity Law Association.
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