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Society Diary: Brian Blessed to provide the voice of a toilet at Glastonbury

24 Jun 2016

Our weekly round-up of interesting and outlandish information, collected from the corners of the charity sector.

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Alex Massey, senior policy officer, Acevo

After a series of public maulings over abuse within charities, it's easy to see why the Charity Commission wants more powers, says Alex Massey. But he warns that the actions of a tiny minority should not lead to less independence for the whole charity sector.

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Our weekly round-up of outlandish and interesting information collected from the corners of the charity sector

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Our weekly round-up of outlandish and interesting information collected from the corners of the charity sector

Three Wise Men and their community groups

Robert Ashton reflects on how a Labourite, a Ukipper and a Liberal Democrat put aside politics for the benefit of community groups in their area.

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

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A new Institute for Economic Affairs report says charities which lobby government should not get access to unrestricted grants. David Ainsworth warns that while the idea is laughable, it reflects growing opinion in some quarters.

Sir Roger Singleton chairs the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector

William Shawcross has misunderstood the Charity Commission's role in preserving the sector's independence, says Sir Roger Singleton.

Society Diary: Catholics, condoms and controversial bus ads

Welcome to our weekly round-up of outlandish and inane information collected from the corners of the charity sector.

William Shawcross has got it wrong - it's not charity that's the problem

William Shawcross thinks charities which get public money should be highlighted on the Commission register. David Ainsworth wonders why Shawcross is singling out one part of the sector.

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