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12 Feb 2016

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

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Sarah Wollaston

The Conservative chair of the Commons Health Select Committee has warned the government that its plans for anti-advocacy clauses in charitable grants could have “serious consequences” for public health.

Charity Commission to start live-streaming public meetings

The Charity Commission has announced that people can watch its next public meeting online via a live video stream.

Grants and lobbying: Why Matt Hancock's arguments don't stand up

The government's new clause preventing charities lobbying is based on dubious logic and unreliable research, says David Ainsworth.

Who's Moving: All the latest movers in the charity sector

Comic Relief, Shine, the British Council and more announce their latest appointments.

Charities already register with the Charity Commission; the FRSB costs money that many small charities, doing God's and often the government's work, can ill afford; Olive Cooke did not kill herself over charity solicitations.

» Peers propose that all fundraising charities must register with the FRSB

'Government muzzling charities smells of Stalinism': Twitter reacts to new grant clause

On Saturday the Cabinet Office announced a new clause in its grant contracts which will see charities prevented from lobbying government with grant money. The sector, as well as several MPs, took to Twitter to give their opinions on the new clause.

Help for Heroes make ‘legal complaint’ over ‘reckless attack’ by Mail on Sunday

Help for Heroes has made a “legal complaint” over an article which appeared in the Mail on Sunday, accusing the paper of “recklessly attacking” the organisation over data protection and its treatment of whistleblowers.

Parliament

A Parliamentary committee's report on the collapse of Kids Company was “too sweeping and over the top” in its condemnation of trustees - because of a “shortage of time” spent working on it, a committee member said last week.

Age UK

Age UK has opened a consultation on plans to axe 100 staff from its lifeline training centres, with reports today claiming that government funding for the centres was pulled after a report by Ofsted deemed the centres “inadequate”.

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