The Big Society Network saga needs further digging
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The Big Society Network saga needs further digging

25 Jul 2014 | Finance | Richard Caulfield

Richard Caulfield was suspicious about the independence of Big Society Network way back in 2010.


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The Big Society Network saga needs further digging

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CLG seconded five staff to help set up Big Society Network

The Department for Communities and Local Government seconded five civil servants to Big Society Network when it was being set up, at a total cost of around £25,000.


Commission clarifies statements on staff attendance at board meetings

The Charity Commission has rewritten its operational compliance report on the case of Southwark Muslim Women’s Association after governance experts pointed out that its advice on chief executives’ attendance at trustee board meetings was contrary to good practice.


James Taylor

The new £40m Sustainability Fund ought to allocate some money to expert intermediaries so they can helpfrontline charities to secure their future, says Amanda Tincknell.

FRSB rejects complaint against the RSPB

The Fundraising Standards Board has thrown out a complaint that the RSPB’s Abernethy Forest appeal made “false, misleading and exaggerated” claims.

Basically it looks like the government stuffing public money into their friend's pockets without actually expecting them to do anything for it.

» Cabinet Office overruled own grants panel to fund Big Society Network charity

Film of the week: 100 days since 223 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram, by ActionAid

To mark 100 days since 223 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram, ActionAid has carried out fresh interviews with their relatives and campaigners to urge the government to do more to rescue the girls.

Culture, Media and Sport Committee launches inquiry into society lotteries

The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has launched an inquiry into society lotteries that will include looking into relaxing restrictions on the market.

Lisa Nandy, shadow minister for civil society

Lisa Nandy, the shadow minister for civil society, has written to David Cameron demanding an inquiry into the “squandering” by the Cabinet Office and Big Lottery Fund of millions of pounds of public money on “questionable projects” run by Big Society Network.



Nesta:  ‘We were not forced to fund Big Society Network’

Nesta has denied a claim by a former board member that it was “forced” to provide start-up funding to Big Society Network.




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