Nick Hurd with National Citizen Service youngsters
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An effective and popular minister, despite his party

16 Jul 2014 | David Ainsworth

David Ainsworth looks back over Nick Hurd's unprecedented tenure as minister for civil society.

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The future is green

Gareth Jones hears how the Forum for the Future works with big business. While there remains a long way to go in the battle to save the planet, you don’t have to cast your mind back too far to remember a time when sustainability issues weren’t even on the radar of most businesses. Fortunately, this is no longer the case, and the credit for this enlightenment can be attributed in no small part to Forum for the Future. “I think we have helped to move major companies from thinking sustainability was something very marginal, that could be handled by a corporate social responsibility person somewhere in the PR team, to thinking of it as central to the strategy and how an organisation runs its business,” says chief executive Peter Madden.

Scouts honour

Gary Davis admits he would have laughed if someone had said five years ago he would be working for the Scouts. By Vibeka Mair. "knew nothing about scouting in the 21st century,"says Davis, "but when the finance director job came up I decided to explore it. I met the chief executive who told me what scouting was trying to achieve, where it was going and the challenges. It excited me and I decided to apply. now I talk with pride about my organisation. we are very relevant and work on a lot of challenges facing young people such as obesity, knife crime and gangs."

Charity mergers

Fresh from completing the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern, Anne-Marie Piper takes an overview of charity mergers in the ?rst of a two-part article. Recent research undertaken for the Charity Commission on the impact of the current economic downturn1 indicated that 3 per cent of charities were considering a merger (although the figure rose to 6 per cent for both large charities (income between £100,000 and £1m) and the very largest charities (income over £1m)).

Total nightmare

For some endowed charities, falling stock markets may bring serious problems – and not just on paper. The severe decline in share prices over the last two years is bad news for just about every charity with investments. Nevertheless, if you are a genuinely long-term investor with no intention of selling equities in the near future, you may be able to remain calm while the storm passes over. Even as their share prices fall, plenty of companies are still paying dividends, and it is to this income that many charities look when budgeting their annual expenditure.

The widely held view that charities should stick to doing good works and stay clear of campaigning is a recipe for social stagnation. The world has changed, charities need to change with it and speak truth to power about what it takes to solve root causes of societal ills rather than pussyfoot around problems.

» Liberal influence: Andrew Hind interviews Lord Rennard

Overseas relations

English charities which are subsidiaries of foreign organisations must make their own decisions, explains Stephen Lloyd.

Recession proof?

What can recent trends tell us? By Jenny Clark and Karl Wilding.

Balancing Act

Sophie Whitbread offers some advice for avoiding employment discrimination claims.

Tecnical briefing: Gas Safe Register to replace CORGI registration

From 1 April 2009, landlords and employers will need to ensure that anyone carrying out repairs or maintenance to gas appliances is registered under the new Gas Safe Register which will replace CORGI registration.

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