Shawcross: 'Too often charities respond defensively'
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Shawcross: 'Too often charities respond defensively'

17 Sep 2014 | Kirsty Weakley

Sector leaders warned yesterday that charities need to get better at answering the public’s questions if the sector is to hold on to high levels of trust.

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Kenneth Dibble

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Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude

Heated discussions are par for the course at Public Administration Select Committee meetings, but in its final Big Society inquiry session Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude at least managed to refrain from the colourful language he has previously used. Vibeka Mair reports from the debate.

Nick Hurd, minister for civil society

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