Falling rag prices likely to cost charities tens of millions
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Falling rag prices likely to cost charities tens of millions

1 Sep 2014 | David Ainsworth

Charities are likely to lose tens of millions of pounds this year from a fall in the price of recycled clothing and other textiles, known as rag.

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The meeting was held at 10 Downing Street

PTA-UK has revealed that it turned down an invitation from Big Society Network to be a partner in its ill-fated Social Action Fund bid because BSN had intimated, at a meeting at 10 Downing Street, that its grant was “virtually guaranteed”, which PTA-UK thought seemed like “a fix”.



Martyn Rose, chair, Big Society Network

A company owned by the chair of Big Society Network donated services totalling more than £54,000 to the Conservative Party just before and after the last election.


CLG seconded five staff to help set up Big Society Network

The Department for Communities and Local Government seconded five civil servants to Big Society Network when it was being set up, at a total cost of around £25,000.


Lisa Nandy, shadow minister for civil society

Lisa Nandy, the shadow minister for civil society, has written to David Cameron demanding an inquiry into the “squandering” by the Cabinet Office and Big Lottery Fund of millions of pounds of public money on “questionable projects” run by Big Society Network.



Tax avoidance may be legal, but it is still obnoxious. And the rest of us pay additional tax as a result. If I were asked whether the accountants and legal experts who set up these schemes are 'fit and proper persons', I know what my answer would be.

» Definition of charity for tax purposes 'attacks charities, not tax avoiders'

Cabinet Office overruled own grants panel to fund Big Society Network charity

The Cabinet Office vetoed its own appointed grantmaking advisory panel in order to make a £300,000 grant to Big Society Network’s charity, the National Audit Office revealed today.

Steve Moore is setting up a new charity, the Great Charter Foundation

Steve Moore, the chief executive of Big Society Network, is setting up a new charity and last month invited the deputy chair of the Magna Carta Trust - the charity awarded £1m by the government in Wednesday’s Budget - to join its trustee board.



Big Society Network charity used restricted government grant to cut its deficit

Society Network Foundation used part of a restricted government grant to help it reduce the historical £180,000 deficit run up by its trading subsidiary, Big Society Network, without obtaining the necessary authority to do so.

Graphics for Britain's Personal Best

The £1m grant to Society Network Foundation for Britain’s Personal Best has been put under review by the Big Lottery Fund.



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