29 Oct 2013
The Public Safety Charitable Trust plans to appeal this week’s High Court ruling that it cannot claim rate relief for the 1,500 empty commercial buildings it leases around the country.
NCVO members have submitted 73 nominations for people to become part of its new civil society assembly. The umbrella body’s chief executive Stuart Etherington (pictured) first mooted the idea for an assembly comprising representatives from across the civil society sector, a year ago. It will complete the new governance framework for the NCVO, which in the autumn reduced the compostion of its trustee board from 40 members to 12.
Nearly half of all respondents to a government consultation have called for the repeal of current substantial donor legislation. HMRC has released details of the responses it received from charities, umbrella bodies and companies participating in its consultation on substantial donor legislation, exposing widespread criticism of the regime as complex and cumbersome.
The new chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) is revealed today as Alistair McLean, who previously headed up the national regulatory body for greyhound racing.
The clever people who devise tax avoidance and other scams by using charities are quite smart enough to be sure they get through Revenue and other data base scrutiny. The only way to stop or reduce this type of abuse is to come down much more heavily on those who deliberately misuse charities, whether as principals, advisers or beneficiaries.
UK venture philanthropy firm, Impetus Trust has hired former Goldman Sachs executive director Meredith Niles as an investment manager. In her new role, Niles (pictured) will research and assess potential investee charities and assist existing portfolio charities in scaling up effectively. Niles was with Goldman Sachs for seven years, working in the investment banking division. She has also held a number of voluntary roles with the Junior League of London, a charity for women volunteers.
The National Trust for Scotland has appointed Kate Mavor as its new chief executive. Mavor (pictured), who starts in March, is currently chief executive of youth volunteering charity, ProjectScotland. She has also been chief executive of Language Line, the UK community interpreting service for the public sector.
Labour’s cabinet office minister, Liam Byrne has written to Conservative shadow minister Francis Maude, to ask him to explain the Conservative proposals to cut £100m from the Cabinet Office budget. Conservative leader David Cameron (pictured) has committed to decreasing government department spending by one per cent in real terms if his party gains power. The move would cut £100m from the Cabinet Office’s budget.
The Pattaya Orphanage Trust has changed its name to the Thai Children’s Trust. Chief executive Andrew Scadding said the new name was more representative of the charity’s work, because it funds five different children’s centres throughout Thailand. “The previous name gave the impression that we ran the Pattaya Orphanage, which we don’t – we have only ever been a financial supporter,” he said.