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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.

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.

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'

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.


Age UK spends £1.8m in latest round of redundancies

Age UK spent £1.81m on 120 redundancies in 2014, on top of £1.17m last year, as part of a review of the structure of the organisation, according to its latest annual accounts.

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.

Kathy Evans

Social finance is “absolutely the wrong thing” for the voluntary sector, Children England chief executive, Kathy Evans said yesterday.

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