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Too many charities 'moan and whinge', says Scope CEO 7

23 Sep 2014 | David Ainsworth

Most charities would prefer to “moan and whinge about how hard life is” rather than innovate to drive social change, the chief executive of Scope told an audience of social investment specialists yesterday.

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Animal charity the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals spent more than it earned for four years running, according to its recently published accounts.

Charity Tax Group calls for clarity from HMRC over direct mail VAT rules

The Charity Tax Group has written to HM Revenue & Customs asking for urgent clarity on potential changes to direct mail VAT rules that could cost charities millions of pounds.

Social impact bond fund attracts bank and pension funds as part of £25m investment

A fund to invest in social impact bonds run by Bridges Ventures, the specialist social lender, has announced it has now raised £25m, including investments from the worlds of banking and pension funds.


Martyn Rose, chair, Big Society Network

The trustees of Society Network Foundation have rejected the Cabinet Office claim that the charity ought to repay £34,000 of its Social Action Fund grant, insisting that they had permission to transfer the unspent grant into general funds.


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

Use £400m from dormant insurance policies for sector innovation fund, says CSJ report

More than £400m should be raised from dormant insurance policies to establish a fund to support innovation in the charity sector, according to a report from the Centre for Social Justice.

Diabetes UK

A partnership between Diabetes UK and Tesco has contributed to an upturn of almost 40 per cent in the charity’s finances, according to its latest accounts.

Man jailed for stealing £300,000 of donations meant for Help for Heroes

A man has been jailed for four and a half years for stealing £300,000 donated by the public who believed it would go to military charity Help for Heroes.

Clare Pelham, CEO of Leonard Cheshire Disability

Social investment is not reaching its potential because trustees feel "alienated" by the language used, the chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability told a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday.

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