26 Nov 2014
RNIB chief executive criticises ‘arrogance’ of MPs who think charities must learn from private sector 1
Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of RNIB, yesterday said she had a “struggle with the arrogance” of politicians, including the minister for civil society, who believe charities must learn from private companies.
Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, is one of a handful of firms providing cosmetic treatment, which have publicly agreed to meet the costs of investigating or removing French 'PIP' breast implants, which have caused a widespread health scare in Europe due to reports of them having a high rupture rate.
The independence of the voluntary sector is under threat from several angles, threats that were heightened in 2011 by public spending cuts, and new public service delivery models, the panel examining the state of the sector’s independence has concluded.
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!
Nigel Kershaw, chief executive of Big Issue Invest, says too often charity trustees who are enormously skilled in their day jobs lose this edge in board meetings, as they define business as one thing, and charity and philanthropy as another.
The Duchess of Cambridge will become the patron of four charities and will also volunteer for the Scout Association.
Former footballer-turned-film star Vinnie Jones has used his hard man image to show support for the British Heart Foundation in its latest television advert to promote 'hands-only CPR'.
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