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SCVO: private schools shouldn’t have charitable status

28 May 2015 | Alice Sharman

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has said that fee-paying schools should not have charitable status, and that a test which allows them to do so is not working.


SCVO: private schools shouldn’t have charitable status

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Trustees failed to submit accounts because they incorrectly thought their charity had been dissolved

An HIV/Aids services charity based in South London failed to submit three years’ worth of accounts to the Charity Commission as its trustees believed the charity had been dissolved, according to an inquiry report published today.

Housing Bill in Queen’s Speech creates ‘worrying precedent’ for charities, says NCVO

Today’s Queen’s Speech includes a Housing Bill which will force some charities to dispose of assets at below market value – a move NCVO has described as a “worrying precedent” for the sector.

Methodist charity gives no reason for double defaulting on accounts submissions

A Cornish Methodist church and registered charity has failed to give any reason for defaulting on annual accounts which were almost 600 days late, according to a Charity Commission inquiry report published today.

Sir Ian Botham threatens to sue RSPB for libel

Sir Ian Botham has threatened the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with a lawsuit, claiming the charity made libellous comments about him on the BBC last week.

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

Think carefully before changing your name, says free guide to rebranding

Charities considering changing their name must first find out exactly what their staff, beneficiaries and supporters think of the change before proceeding, according to a free guide published today.

Homeless shelter investigated over ‘significant private benefit’ payments

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a Bristol-based shelter after concerns were raised over poor financial controls, conflicts of interest and ‘related party transactions leading to potential significant private benefit’.

Lorraine Clifton

Clic Sargent chief executive Lorraine Clifton, has announced that she will retire at the end of the year to focus on her work as a trustee and allow for more personal time.

Commission appoints lawyers to manage legal charity

The Charity Commission has appointed interim managers to take over the running of charity Legal Action, following in an investigation into concerns it was not operating for public benefit.

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