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Landlord raises charity’s rent by 400,000 per cent; cafe owner argues with charity over huge boulder

26 May 2016

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Landlord raises charity’s rent by 400,000 per cent; cafe owner argues with charity over huge boulder

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Oxfam treasurer questions whether being a registered charity is worthwhile

The treasurer of Oxfam International has questioned whether being a registered charity is worth the regulatory burden, and suggested charities could want to give up their registration and become social enterprises instead.

Select committee on charities confirmed

The House of Lords has confirmed the appointment of a Select Committee on Charities and confirmed that it is due to report by 31 March 2017.

Shawcross warns charities not to 'push too hard' on campaigning

William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission, has warned of "the damage charities can do to themselves" if they "push too hard" on campaigning.

Gladstone's Library

A charity that publicly claimed Victorian Prime Minister William Gladstone would not have supported Ukip, was in breach of the Commission’s rules on political campaigning, the regulator said today.

They need to look outside their own organisation and look at others who are doing similar work to see if they are doing it better or more efficiently. If they are, that doesn't mean they should immediately close or seek to merge but it does mean that something needs to change.

» 'If you aren't making a difference, it's okay to call it a day', Commission chief executive says

CAS

Citizen’s Advice Scotland has denied reports it is “on the brink of collapse”, following allegations by a Scottish charity publication it could soon close.

Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has opened a consultation to gauge the sector’s opinions on its new power to disqualify trustees.

Charles Byrne

Charles Byrne, director of fundraising at Royal British Legion, has been appointed the charity’s new director general.

Charity Commission

The Cabinet Office has published a timetable for introducing new powers for the Charity Commission from the new Charities Act.

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