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5 Feb 2016

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How to mount a defence against a tabloid press obsessed with high pay

Pay is the new expenses. Tania Mason offers three key messages charities could use when the media puts the sector in the spotlight in its campaign against high pay.

Catholic Care debate reactions

Civil Society received a number of heartfelt responses to the recent 'Once a Catholic' article published following the intense media coverage of child abuse among Catholic clergy. Here is what some of our readers had to say...

Catholic Care must pursue the activities that its donors intended

Catholic Care's trustees would be breaking the law if they did not spend donations on activities that advance the Catholic faith - even if those activities are discriminatory in civil law - says Hal Broadbent.

Gay people start out as children too

Society will make the final decision on Catholic Care discrimination, says Daniel Phelan.

Has the taxpayer gained? I don't think so - the small savings to the Treasury (after the redundancy costs) are far outweighed by the damaging consequences of an under-resourced charity regulator.

» The cuts don't work

Once a Catholic?

The Charity Commission must continue to resist Catholic Care's efforts to circumvent the law, says Daniel Phelan

National Bullying Helpline row highlights dangers of celebrities

This year, the anti-bullying sector has inadvertently shone a spotlight on the issue of celebrity patrons.

Expenses update - a view from the top and an ex-MP

John Tate is unconvinced that charity expenses can't be abused as easily as MPs' expense claims.

Bubb's consistency of argument seems a little challenged

A new group of charity leaders headed by RNID chief executive John Low has met to discuss the role of the chief executive in corporate governance, ACEVO announced today. The group, which met on Tuesday, is to work to improve performance, accountability and professionalism in the sector, and will respond to recent comments from ex minister Alan Milburn, who is chairing the Joint Committee on the draft Charities Bill. Speaking at an ACEVO conference on May 6, he warned charities that they "cannot consider themselves immune from the general loss of confidence in corporate governance", and said that the sector should adopt "governance structures capable of guaranteeing probity and professionalism".

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Gareth Jones looks back at the past few months of charity-battering media coverage.

Where there's a Wilson, there's a way

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The Office for Civil Society’s 2016 agenda has a familiar ring to it, says Ian Allsop.

How to maximise the value of IT

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Rowenna Fielding explains why IT business analysts can be critical to the smooth running of a charity...

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