The Big Society Old Boys' Network

The Big Society Old Boys' Network

23 Jan 2015

The Big Society Network was set up to help deliver David Cameron’s Big Society vision. But its close links to the government – and the ease with which it won public money – means the concept is now discredited. By Tania Mason.


The Big Society Old Boys' Network

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The domino effect

The haste of the quango cuts has David Davison worried about the impact on organisations big and small as he warns that  pension schemes could provide the final straw to break your organisation's back.

Impetus to lead £1.7m rehabilitation scheme

Impetus Trust has invested £1.7m in an initiative to reduce the national reoffending rate.

Air ambulance charity defends switch to private doctors

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has hit out at claims that its decision to replace volunteers provided by medical volunteer organisation Magpas with private doctors amounts to a “privatisation” of the charity.

Big Brother or Big Society?

Gordon Hunter wonders, whatever happened to charity now that it has been engulfed by the state?

So B&B operators cannot refuse gay couples a bed in their own home yet banks can assume muslim organisations might be laundering money for terrorists without any criminal act being proved. Its a strange world.

» Finsbury Park Mosque told its bank account will be closed by HSBC

NCVO group to assess whether regulation on charity fraud is proportionate

NCVO has set up a new group to review whether fraud prevention measures are fair and effective for charities.

Gutch to spearhead merger of three disability charities

Richard Gutch has been appointed part-time interim chief executive of the Disability Alliance to drive through its merger with Radar and the National Centre for Independent Living.


A revised draft of the Audit of Charities in the UK paper, devised to incorporate changes in Northern Irish legislation, has been released for consultation by the Audit Practices Board.

Hind denounces sector's 'survival of the fittest' mindset

Charities must resist the urge to compete – for funds, donors and contracts – and focus instead on how they can share information and help each other out, former Charity Commission chief Andrew Hind said last night.

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