29 Oct 2013
Leading advice services are being forced to cut back on face-to-face support and place more emphasis on digital and telephone services, a roundtable discussion of advice charity leaders revealed yesterday.
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).
Acevo has criticised the BBC and Sky for refusing to broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Gaza Crisis Appeal, calling their behaviour "appalling".
Whatever the motivation behind the idea that charities be required to publish their expenditure on campaigning and political work in their annual returns, I don't think we should reject it too quickly. While such a requirement should not become burdensome for charities, any move towards greater transparency and accountability, in our sector as in others, is a positive one.
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.
The European Court of Justice has confirmed that attempts by EU member states to deny tax breaks for cross-border gifts made to EU charities are contrary to the principle of free movement of capital.
Charities fighting to retrieve funds lost in the Icelandic banking collapse met with Kevin Brennan, minister for the third sector yesterday to push their case for compensation. Representatives from Cats Protection and Naomi House Children’s Hospice, who have formed an action group named Save Our Savings (SOS), spoke on behalf of around 25 charities fighting for the return of around £50m collectively.