No 10 told Hurd to keep funding Big Society Network despite poor performance

No 10 told Hurd to keep funding Big Society Network despite poor performance

28 Nov 2014 | Tania Mason

The Prime Minister’s office told Nick Hurd to continue funding Big Society Network even though the then-minister for civil society had raised concerns about its poor performance and financial sustainability, the National Audit Office has found.


No 10 told Hurd to keep funding Big Society Network despite poor performance

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Charity Commission won't take action against Society Network Foundation

The Charity Commission will take no action against the trustees of Society Network Foundation, even though it found that the Foundation’s accounts were not Sorp-compliant and that it varied the use of a government grant without obtaining written permission.

OSCR guidance outlines strong right for charities to campaign

Guidance released today by the Scottish charity regulator on political campaigning suggests charities should be allowed a strong right to campaign, and confirms that Scottish charities can influence both central and local government.

Charity Retail Association appoints new chief executive

The Charity Retail Association has appointed Martin Blackwell, who is currently chief executive of the Association of Town and City Management, to succeed Warren Alexander at the helm of the organisation.

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Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!

» Charity sector workforce grows by almost 30,000

Tony Burton, BIG board member, was also an adviser to Big Society Network

The chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s risk committee was an adviser to Big Society Network when he was appointed to the BIG board by the Cabinet Office in December 2012, BIG has confirmed.

National Audit Office building

The National Audit Office has opened a fresh investigation into the funding of Big Society Network, to establish whether the issues identified in its first report indicate “wider systemic problems” within government and the Big Lottery Fund.

Lynne Berry

The charity and voluntary sector is entering an “age of opportunity” thanks to the skills of an ageing population, according to Lynne Berry, chair of the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing.

Focus on ‘independence’ should not distract us from the fact that charities should deliver more public services

Sir Stephen Bubb says that the voluntary sector needs to be at the heart of designing and delivering public services. This article is part of a series on the future of the voluntary sector being published by Civil Society News ahead of the publication of  a collection of essays by Civil Exchange.

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