10 Mar 2014
Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.
She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.
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A group of almost 100 charity sector employees, trustees and volunteers have clubbed together to form a campaign group in favour of Scottish independence.
More sector commentators have come out in defence of the Charity Commission in the wake of the National Audit Office report, with Directory of Social Change CEO Debra Allcock-Tyler saying the report is “fundamentally flawed”.
The Charity Commission has scoured the Register of Charities and concluded that it does not contain any more charities like the Cup Trust.
Margaret Hodge, the chair of the Parliamentary committee which scrutinises how the government spends its money, suggested yesterday that HMRC could regulate the sector and that the Charity Commission could be “a little quango on a bonfire”.
Totalitarianism does not arrive with a fanfare of trumpets like a tidal wave. It creeps in like the rising tide and drowns the population as they sleep.
Too many organisations in the sector focus their communications on the need of their beneficiaries and not nearly enough on the efficacy of their services, according to this year’s Charity Awards winner John Rendel.
Unicef UK has instigated partnerships with six local authorities to enlist the help of young people in the design and delivery of services aimed at them.
The current Scottish government would ensure that charities continue to benefit from tax relief on donations if the country votes for independence in next year’s referendum, it has promised in its White Paper on the subject.
Andrew Turner MP, the new member of the Public Administration Select Committee, has tweeted that he agrees with many of the views of his predecessor on the committee, the controversial and outspoken Charlie Elphicke.
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