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No evidence of criminality at Tower Hamlets, say police

17 Apr 2014 | Alice Sharman

The Metropolitan Police has said that there is “no credible evidence of criminality” following an investigation into allegations that the London Borough of Tower Hamlets gave out charity grants to gain electoral success.

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Top 100 charities could earn extra £50m from gift aid changes

An extra £50m would be earned by the top 100 charities alone if a flat 37p-per-pound gift aid rate was introduced, estimates the British Red Cross.

Cheques to be abolished by 2018

Cheques will be phased out as legal tender by the end of 2018, according to a decision made today by the Payments Council Board.

Lloyds TSB foundations agree revised funding deal without Scottish arm

The three Lloyds TSB Foundations covering England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands have agreed to a renegotiated funding agreement with their principal benefactor the Lloyds Banking Group.

Alliance offers charity-branded legal service

The Legal Alliance is offering charities a free, fully branded legal service for members and supporters, and will give a donation of “about 5 per cent” of legal fees for every time one of its solicitors carries out legal work.

The NCVO pay panel addresses a problem that doesn't exist -- setting up a straw man to beat to a pulp -- and has by its mere existence made it seem that a deep, dark scandal is brewing within the charitable sector. It would have been far better to greet phony media muck-raking with the scornful silence it deserved. Thanks for nothing, folks.

» Red Cross donors stopped giving after Telegraph pay stories, warns NCVO

GuideStar loses another director

GuideStar UK director Les Hems has left the organisation to take up a new role as director of research at the Centre for Social Impact in Sydney, Australia.

Two new matching services from The Big Give

The Big Give is launching two new matching services – one to marry up charities with prospective trustees and another to introduce art students to small charities that don’t have logos.

Legacy income falls not as drastic as predicted

The legacy market is unlikely to fall as drastically as economists first predicted, according to the latest report.

Gift aid proposals could be 'non-starters', warns Institute

The Institute of Fundraising fears that gift aid reforms mooted in yesterday’s government report could be “complete non-starters” as chief executive Lindsay Boswell reiterates concerns there will be no action on gift aid before the general election.

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