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Charities must record when employees use Twitter to campaign, Electoral Commission says 6

13 Oct 2014 | Emily Corfe

The Electoral Commission has said charities must record every time an employee is encouraged to tweet or post to Facebook about a potentially political issue, to check whether they should register under the Lobbying Act.

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Charities must record when employees use Twitter to campaign, Electoral Commission says

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BeatBullying to go into administration due to financial difficulties

BeatBullying will go into administration after suffering “significant financial difficulties”, the charity’s trustees have said in a statement.

Charity sector faces 20 per cent tax on direct mail, HMRC confirms

Charities which have “single sourcing” contracts for production and postage of their direct mail will have to pay 20 per cent VAT on those contracts from the start of this month, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed.

Michelle Russell, the Charity Commission's director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement

The Charity Commission’s senior management team has shrunk from 11 down to five under the leadership of new chief executive Paula Sussex.

Paula Sussex: 'We cannot give charities the benefit of the doubt'

Paula Sussex, the chief executive of the Charity Commission, has said the Commission is now focusing on "robust regulation" and will not allow charities the benefit of the doubt.


Tax avoidance may be legal, but it is still obnoxious. And the rest of us pay additional tax as a result. If I were asked whether the accountants and legal experts who set up these schemes are 'fit and proper persons', I know what my answer would be.

» Definition of charity for tax purposes 'attacks charities, not tax avoiders'

Children in Need

BBC Children in Need has been criticised by the Daily Mail for holding onto almost £90m of charity money in bank accounts and investment portfolios.

Kevan Jones

A Virgin Money donation of £1m to charities in the North East has been described as “paltry” by Labour MP for North Durham, Kevan Jones.

Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of Social Investment Business

The chief executive of the Social Investment Business published a tweet on Saturday night shortly after Brooks Newmark resigned, which stated that Nick Hurd was “moved” from his post as minister for civil society.

Mark Fisher is the new director of the Office for Civil Society and Government Innovation Group

Helen Stephenson is leaving her post as director of the Office for Civil Society and being replaced by Mark Fisher, currently social justice director at the Department for Work and Pensions.

 

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