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Children's centre numbers fell by 800 after almost £500m of cuts, says Barnardo's

22 May 2015 | Emily Corfe

Almost a quarter of children’s centres across the UK have been forced to close or merge as a result of government funding cuts over the past five years, according to children’s charity Barnardo’s.

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A child sexual abuse charity is set to close after it was overwhelmed with inquiries following the publicity around abuse by TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

Charities are being driven out of business by pension schemes, CFG tells DWP

Skills for Logistics, a sector skills council charity, was driven into liquidation by its pension scheme with the loss of 34 jobs, and more charities are likely to follow unless pension law is reformed, the Charity Finance Group warned this week.

Big Society Capital has received more than £300m and invested more than £50m

Big Society Capital has now invested more than £50m in social ventures and has signed agreements worth more than £100m more, according to figures published today.

Church Commissioners investment director gets 18 per cent pay rise to £409,000

The Church Commissioners awarded a £75,000 pay rise to its director of investments last year, bringing his total salary to £409,000, according to an annual report for the year to December 2014, published today.

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» Daniel Phelan: Publisher, editor, social entrepreneur, intellectual

HMRC delays 20 per cent VAT charge on direct mail until end of July

HM Revenue & Customs has agreed to extend until 31 July a transitional period during which it will not charge 20 per cent VAT on direct mail sent by charities, the Charity Tax Group said today.

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Impact reports are far too long, too full of jargon, and often do not  clearly explain what difference the charity makes, an audience of charity finance professionals heard yesterday.

Fundraising and finance departments must work together and 'manage upwards'

Finance departments do not understand fundraising well enough, and the two functions must work together to manage the board and chief executive, delegates at the Charity Finance Group annual conference heard yesterday.

Charity Commission opens inquiry into Jewish charity that has not filed accounts

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into the Bfon Trust, a Jewish charity, after it repeatedly failed to file its accounts.

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