29 Oct 2013
New NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless took to Twitter yesterday to distance the charity from a branch chair who had given convicted paedophile Stuart Hall a character reference during his court case.
The new Charity Tribunal is to be restructured in April next year, and members of other tribunals including the Gambling Appeals Tribunal and the Consumer Credit Appeals Tribunal may be called upon to sit on it and hear charity sector cases.
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) has once again reported a huge increase in its income, thanks to a £320.4m donation from hedge fund manager Chris Hohn.
Charities Evaluation Services (CES) has launched a new edition of its award-winning PQASSO quality assurance model. The third edition of Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations (PQASSO) has been significantly updated to build on the success of the first two editions.
If this succeeds it will sound the death knell to the gift aid regime, which was set up by the government to encourage donors to give generously by handing across to the charity the basic rate tax that the donor had suffered on the amount they were now giving away. If a mechanism is now found to simply force HMRC to hand over the tax but at no cost to the donor whatsoever (and indeed if you are a higher rate tax payer a mechanism that reduces your tax bill), then the government will have no choice but to shut down the gift aid regime.
Futurebuilders expects to do away with application forms and invite prospective lendees straight to interview, according to its chief executive Jonathan Lewis.
Charities should demand greater access to government policy-makers than private sector lobbyists because they act for the public benefit and not just the benefit of a select few, according to campaigning charity lawyer Rosamund McCarthy.
Natasha Kaplinsky, presenter of Five News, has launched a competition with the Charities Aid Foundation to find "Britain's Kindest Kids".
The Scottish Government has announced the creation of a £30m Scottish Investment Fund to help trading charities and social enterprises increase their turnover or become financially sustainable.