Rob Wilson MP, minister for civil society

Minister outlines plans for massive transfer of services to voluntary sector 6

8 Dec 2014 | Tania Mason

The new minister for civil society wants to see “billions of pounds” more public services delivered by charities and social enterprises over the next few years and plans to embark on a massive new capacity-building programme to enable it to happen.


Minister outlines plans for massive transfer of services to voluntary sector

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Community transport charity takes on £500,000 loan from phone social enterprise

Community transport charity HCT has taken on a £500,000 loan from communications social enterprise the Phone Co-op – one of the first examples of a sector body making a direct social investment in another.


Scope’s overall income fell slightly to £102.6m, but voluntary income rose 12 per cent to £20.7m, according to its annual report and accounts filed last week.

Society lotteries

Society lotteries raised £175m in the year to March 2014, a 14 per cent increase on the previous year, according to figures published today by the Gambling Commission.


The mental health charity Glasgow Association of Mental Health is facing funding cuts of 40 per cent, following a decision by Glasgow City Council last Thursday.

Congratulations to the RNLI - this only goes to prove that working on long term (and short term for that matter) legacies really pays dividends in the end.

» RNLI legacy income rises to record £118m

Government commits another £2.3m to support Kew

Nick Clegg yesterday announced an additional £2.3m of funding to support Kew Gardens’ botanical research and plant science, just ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on its funding.

Tax relief on giving is expected to rise by 11 per cent in the year to March 2015, suggesting a large increase in donations over the course of the year, according to provisional figures published today by HM Revenue & Customs.

Andrew O’Brien moves from NCVO to head CFG’s policy team

Andrew O’Brien is to join the Charity Finance Group as head of policy and public affairs.

William Castelll, chair, Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust has posted a 15.4 per cent return on its investment portfolio, earning £2.5bn for the year to 30 September 2014.

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