Niki May Young
Website editor, civilsociety.co.uk
Niki is website editor at Civil Society Media. A seasoned journalist she has specialised in online content since 2007. Before joining Civil Society Media Niki was news editor for the world's largest architecture news website, World Architecture News, where she was instrumental in increasing subscribers from 115,000 to 135,000 during her editorship.
She has gained experience with the BBC, Sky News and independent production company SilverfishTV, where she assisted the production of political, charitable and union films. Her freelance writing has spanned a range of printed publications and online media.
She is also charity member and former trustee of Pass It On Africa, a charity which aims to provide education to children and young people across the continent.
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A full and frank explanation of the reasoning behind Amnesty International's pay-off packages to Irene Khan and Kate Gilmore has been given by the organisation's international executive committee (IEC) chairman, Peter Pack, in which he describes the payment to Khan of over £533,000 as the "least-worst option".
Irene Khan, who recently received heavy criticism for accepting a £533,103 payoff from Amnesty International's trading arm when she was asked to leave the organisation, has resigned from the board of the Charity Commission.
The Office for Civil Society has opened a programme of grants and partnership contracts, totalling almost half a million pounds, for civil society organisations to support the government's Big Society vision as part of the European Year of Volunteering in England this year.
Few charities start claiming gift aid as soon as they are founded. To get 3 unblemished years, a charity has to have been going for at least 4 years, so why not make it easier all round and say that GASDS is available only to charities that have been running for 5 years and have not been convicted/penalised for fraud ?
Changes to gift aid, inheritance tax and mileage rates have been welcomed by sector leaders after a Budget announcement hailed as the “best Budget for charities in years”.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has found two charities in breach of the Data Protection Act after the charities’ unencrypted laptops containing sensitive information were stolen.
Homelessness charity, the 700 Club, is facing a bill of up to £250,000 after an employment tribunal ruled that it must adhere to Tupe regulations after beating the Salvation Army in a tender bid to provide beds in Darlington.
The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints regarding a recent direct mail advert by Cancer Research UK, finding it to be "threatening" to cancer sufferers, their families, and other vulnerable people.