Jay Kennedy

Jay Kennedy

Jay Kennedy is head of policy at the Directory of Social Change. Kennedy joined the organisation in 2003 as a researcher and now has responsibility for a range of DSC activities, including delivering on its Great Giving campaign. Prior to joining the DSC he worked both in the US and UK as an academic and for local government associations.


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DSC concerned Charities Bill could ‘threaten fundamental civil liberties’

Proposals to allow the Charity Commission more powers to ban people from becoming trustees or officers of charities are a "huge regulatory land grab" and should be scrapped, a letter to peers has said.

Society Diary: Giant beards, cat speed dating and another review by Lord Hodgson

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

Sector highlights concerns over involvement of Charity Commission board, following NAO report

Various sector bodies have echoed concerns, which were highlighted by the National Audit Office in its follow-up report on the Charity Commission, about the risk that the board’s “continuing close involvement in executive matters could become the norm”.

Commission may require charities to declare campaign spending

The Charity Commission has proposed that charities should have to disclose their campaign spending and public sector income in their Annual Returns.

Few beyond NCVO believe in the Compact - and for NCVO it is about marketshare and has little to do with the interests of the sector. I wonder how many of their 30 pieces of OCS silver are left?

» Fears for Compact as government ignores final Commission report

Charity Commission offices

Umbrella bodies have agreed with the Public Accounts Committee's verdict that the Charity Commission needs reform, but have hit out at its “unhelpful” and “irresponsible” language.

Daily Mail launches fresh attack on charity chief executive pay

The Daily Mail has attacked the level of chief executive pay at Save the Children International and Marie Stopes International.

The Charity Commission's identity crisis

Sector umbrellas have complained about the Commission’s intervention into the lobbying bill, saying it illustrates a lack of support for charities. Leon Ward wonders if the sector is having an identity crisis on behalf of the Charity Commission.

Commission should not have 'torpedoed' lobbying bill exemption, sector bodies say

The Charity Commission has been criticised by charity infrastructure bodies who say it “torpedoed” an amendment to exempt charities from the lobbying bill.

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