26 Nov 2014
RNIB chief executive criticises ‘arrogance’ of MPs who think charities must learn from private sector 1
Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of RNIB, yesterday said she had a “struggle with the arrogance” of politicians, including the minister for civil society, who believe charities must learn from private companies.
The Volunteer Rights Inquiry has proposed setting up a volunteer complaints commission or a volunteering ombudsman in its interim report.
Andrew Hind has said there needs to be a better understanding of the Charity Commission’s willingness to allow payment of trustees, arguing that among larger charities “there is increasingly a case for many of those boards to have paid trustees”.
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and the Church Commissioners for England have all suffered sharp income falls in their most recent financial years, down 63, 29 and 16 per cent respectively.
I hope this is an example that other medical charities will follow as it is very difficult to explain to the public why there are so many charities for certain causes.
Mental health charity Leeds Mind has been informed that NHS Leeds intends to cut the cash it pays for services, from April 2011. As a result, two projects will have to be abandoned, and 15 people could be made redundant.
The Charity Commission is to contact Acevo regarding comments on chief executive Stephen Bubb’s blog about it acting as a trade union.
The Payments Council is to hold a series of meetings with the voluntary sector on the future of cheques and alternative methods of payments.
Education secretary Michael Gove is to provide an extra £4m for the award-winning Teach First charity, despite drastic cuts of up to £3.5bn to the schools budget.