29 Oct 2013
St Andrew’s Healthcare, one of the largest charities in the UK, has been told by commissioners that calling itself a social enterprise will help it win contracts.
Dozens of civil society organisations are joining together to create a new coalition to fight for the preservation of civil liberties and human rights that are gradually being eroded by government policies.
Sue Ryder Care is opening its first ‘buy now’ superstore this month, selling used low-cost family fashion brands as well as furniture, in a bid to beat the recession and attract shoppers. The superstore in Hucknall is the pilot for the ‘buy now’ brand, a new line of specialist value Sue Ryder Care shops. Clothes will be divided by price, ranging from £1 - £3, and the store will feature 'buy one get one free' promotions.
A voluntary sector taskforce has called for a social investment bank to be set up immediately to prevent years of good work from “withering on the vine”. The idea for such a bank has been discussed for years, but in a report published today the taskforce, created by Acevo and the Department for Work and Pensions, says the government should provide immediate direct funding for an interim resource, and make a social investment bank a key priority for any funding released from the Unclaimed Assets register.
Michael Foster, the UK minister for international development, will report on why Lloyds TSB and Barclays have closed the bank accounts of Interpal and the Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT).
The clever people who devise tax avoidance and other scams by using charities are quite smart enough to be sure they get through Revenue and other data base scrutiny. The only way to stop or reduce this type of abuse is to come down much more heavily on those who deliberately misuse charities, whether as principals, advisers or beneficiaries.
Acevo has criticised the BBC and Sky for refusing to broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Gaza Crisis Appeal, calling their behaviour "appalling".
Direct dealings with local government bodies improve the success of the voluntary sector, according to a survey on public sector support for local third sector organisations from the Office of the Third Sector (OTS).
Umbrella organisation Fair Play for Children has criticised the government for a lack of consultation on the new Safeguarding Unit for the Third Sector, to be run by the NSPCC.