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National Trust will sell green energy back to supplier

24 Apr 2014 | Kirsty Weakley

The National Trust has launched a renewable energy trading company to sell electricity generated on its land back to its supplier, as part of the charity's plan to save £4m per year on its energy costs.

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Acevo to launch 'transparency manifesto'

Acevo’s Impact Coalition is to launch a ‘transparency manifesto’, outlining how charities should explain their activities to the public, and will urge the Coalition's 240 members to sign. Speaking to Charity News Alert, Acevo chief executive Stephen Bubb added that charity leaders should do “some serious talking” about a joint awareness campaign for the sector as a whole.

CFDG appoints new policy head

The Charity Finance Directors' Group has appointed Angela Haines, a former international development and human rights consultant, as its new policy manager. She returns to the UK having been based in Brussels, where she spent two years working mainly with NGOs on a freelance basis, preceded by an interim role at BOND and two years as EU representative in HelpAge International’s Brussels office.

Charities that want to run prisons are 'naive' says Howard League boss

Charities bidding to run prisons are naïve about what it will involve, according to Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform. And she plans to seek a meeting with Charity Commission chair Dame Suzi Leather to debate the issue further. Crime prevention charities Catch 22 and Turning Point became the first charities to win a Ministry of Justice bid to run two prisons in a consortium with private service deliverer Serco last month.

Curley's prisons Freedom of Information request rejected

NAVCA chief executive Kevin Curley has been told he cannot use the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act to see the copy of the bid by the Serco consortium that won the contract to run two new prisons, or any award letter and document. The UK government’s National Offender Management Service (NOMS) told Curley: "Although Serco had been announced as the winning bidder we have not reached contract signature which is planned for early next year. In addition the bids would be considered commercial and therefore not disclosed under the FoI Act.

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Grant scheme for prisoner reoffending reduction opens

A £1.3m fund has been opened up for organisations working to reduce prisoner reoffending rates. Up to six unrestricted grants worth between £200,000 and £350,000 will be given to charities and social enterprises with a proven track record in reducing rates of reoffending.

Naomi House to investigate Christie's Icelandic refund

Naomi House, a charity fighting to recoup losses following the Icelandic banking collapse, has put in a Freedom of Information request to know what conversations Downing Street had with the Christie, whose losses of £6.5m in Iceland were compensated by the NHS North West. Khalid Aziz, chairman of Naomi House, said the charity was keen to know what sort of mechanisms Downing Street had with the Christie.

Most charities should pass new VAT test, says HMRC

HMRC has said it is “willing to help” charities affected by the recent withdrawal of a key VAT concession, in response to fears that it will bring a significant extra cost to charities. CFDG chief executive Keith Hickey (pictured) expressed his concern last month over changes to the Extra Statutory Concession (ESC) 3.29, which mean that charities are only liable for VAT relief on construction or acquisition costs if 95 per cent or more of the building is used for charitable purposes, an increase from the previous 90 per cent.

Boris Johnson, London Mayor

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s announcement this week that provision of rape crisis counselling in London would be doubled over the next three years has been tempered by United Nations warnings that the UK government’s commitment to women’s rights is still sorely lacking.  

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