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Brooks Newmark quits over tabloid allegations; Rob Wilson is new minister 7

29 Sep 2014

Rob Wilson MP has been installed as the new minister for civil society following Saturday's resignation of Brooks Newmark in response to a Sunday Mirror sexting sting.

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Brooks Newmark quits over tabloid allegations; Rob Wilson is new minister

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Big Society Network charity used restricted government grant to cut its deficit

Society Network Foundation used part of a restricted government grant to help it reduce the historical £180,000 deficit run up by its trading subsidiary, Big Society Network, without obtaining the necessary authority to do so.

Lords reject Lobbying Bill amendment on unintended outcomes

The House of Lords has withdrawn a Lobbying Bill amendment on ‘controlled expenditure’ which threatened to prosecute charities for unintended outcomes of their political campaigns.

Big Society audit finds policy has had mixed success

The Big Society agenda has spawned many new successful community initiatives, but it has failed to involve the voluntary sector in public service reform, an independent audit warns.

And finally: Sex and the civil society

After months of being labelled a flop, the Big Society sprang to life at the weekend after The Times reported research suggesting that acts of charity can enhance one’s sex life.

"Stick to their knitting". Who on earth do you think you are Mr Newmark. You've probably just plummeted the Conservative Party so far down the polls they'll never recover.

» Brooks Newmark: charities should keep out of politics

Jon Cruddas MP, cabinet minister, Labour (l) and Martyn Lewis, chair, NCVO (r)

Shadow cabinet minister Jon Cruddas has outlined his party’s vision for ‘rebuilding Britain’, emphasising a focus on tackling social problems over spending.

Big Society Network's 2012 accounts show £180k deficit

Big Society Network has finally filed its 2012 accounts with Companies House, nearly five months late, and the unaudited abbreviated balance sheet shows a deficit at the end of March last year of £180,716.

Gareth Thomas MP, shadow minister for civil society

Shadow minister for civil society Gareth Thomas has tabled a series of Parliamentary questions to minister Nick Hurd about the government's funding of Big Society Network and the allocation of Social Action Fund money.


This Get In flyer was on Big Society Network's website in January 2012

Big Society Network was awarded £200,000 from the government’s Social Action Fund last year ahead of more than 600 other applicants, even though it failed to meet a number of the stated criteria, Civil Society News can reveal.
 

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