Lisa Nandy, shadow minister for civil society

Nandy demands PM inquiry into Big Society Network grants

24 Jul 2014 | Tania Mason

Lisa Nandy, the shadow minister for civil society, has written to David Cameron demanding an inquiry into the “squandering” by the Cabinet Office and Big Lottery Fund of millions of pounds of public money on “questionable projects” run by Big Society Network.


Nandy demands PM inquiry into Big Society Network grants

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Colin Nee to leave Charities Evaluation Services

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Basically it looks like the government stuffing public money into their friend's pockets without actually expecting them to do anything for it.

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Angela Smith calls for more definition on social enterprises

Charities minister Angela Smith has said the definition of social enterprises needs “a bit of tweaking.” Smith, who was speaking at a fringe event at the Labour conference this week, was responding to an audience question on the perception of social enterprises, “Social enterprise sounds a bit Tory,” Smith was told, “So how do you communicate to Labour activists and how do you get past that?”

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