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The former counter-fraud head at Oxfam UK has today pleaded guilty to defrauding the charity of nearly £65,000.
More charity chief executives should become MPs, according to Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo. Bubb made the call in his blog this weekend saying that the large number of MPs resigning opened an opportunity for civil society leaders at the next general election. “The charity sector is now the most trusted institution in the country,” he said. “And our leaders have exactly the skills needed to become legislators and ministers.”
Charities are cut-throat, bureaucratic and do not engage with each other, according to Rod Aldridge, former chief executive of Capita and now chair of v. Speaking in his capacity as chair and founder of the Aldridge Foundation, he told an audience at law firm Withers’ seminar on Shaking up the Third Sector that the amount of bureaucracy shook him when he joined the sector. “At one end it is free-thinking and innovative,” he said. “But beneath this the charity sector protects its funding stream as much as possible, it doesn’t want to engage with other organisations, and will be cut-throat when competing for contracts.”
A small charity has managed to secure a full refund of the money it lost in the Icelandic bank collapse last year by claiming it was a retail depositor. Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander has returned £261,000 to the League of Friends of Brampton and District War Memorial Hospital, which had had the money tied up in the bank at the time of its collapse last year.
The Charity Tribunal has rejected the latest attempt by a catholic adoption charity to circumnavigate rules preventing it from discriminating against homosexual couples seeking to adopt children. Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) had sought to take advantage of an exemption in the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007, which suggests that discrimination can occur if it is in pursuit of charitable objectives. In its preliminary judgment in March, the Tribunal had ruled the exemption could only apply if the charity's activities were not made unlawful by other provisions.
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Charities who wish to appeal against a Charity Commission ruling should not have to traverse the Commission’s “ineffective” internal review procedure before escalating the case to the Charity Tribunal, according to an influential group of sector lawyers. Currently, any charity that objects to a Commission decision can only apply to the Charity Tribunal after it has required the Commission to re-examine its ruling.
The NCVO has secured a £750,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help it demonstrate how it and other infrastructure bodies benefit the sector. The umbrella body will share the grant with Triangle Consulting and the Third Sector Research Centre, who all bid jointly to BIG’s Basis programme for the funding. The money will be used to devise the Value of Infrastructure programme – a three-year, England-wide project that will, according to the NCVO, “identify the most effective ways for infrastructure agencies to communicate the value of infrastructure to sector organisations and improve the planning and monitoring of their work”.
More charities should adopt e-banking and become less reliant on cheques to mitigate risk, according to Peter Mitchell, chief executive of CAF Bank.
Volunteering enquiries to the British Red Cross have quadrupled from an average of 300 per month in 2008 to around 1,400 per month in 2009, according to figures released by the charity this week in conjunction with Volunteers’ Week. The majority of new enquiries in March and April came from young people.
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