Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.
She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.
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After the National Audit Office published its report into Big Society Network grants and a former Nesta trustee tweeted that Nesta was also “forced” to fund BSN back in 2010, Nesta chief executive Geoff Mulgan conducted a review into his organisation’s support for the agency. Tania Mason analyses his findings.
The Charity Commission will take no action against the trustees of Society Network Foundation, even though it found that the Foundation’s accounts were not Sorp-compliant and that it varied the use of a government grant without obtaining written permission.
The chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s risk committee was an adviser to Big Society Network when he was appointed to the BIG board by the Cabinet Office in December 2012, BIG has confirmed.
The National Audit Office has opened a fresh investigation into the funding of Big Society Network, to establish whether the issues identified in its first report indicate “wider systemic problems” within government and the Big Lottery Fund.
Has the taxpayer gained? I don't think so - the small savings to the Treasury (after the redundancy costs) are far outweighed by the damaging consequences of an under-resourced charity regulator.
Charities ought to treat their pension deficit like “Japanese knotweed” and try to “bury it out of existence”, delegates at yesterday’s Charity Finance Summit were told.
Civil Exchange and the Baring Foundation have joined forces to produce a series of thought-leading essays from charity sector leaders about the future of the voluntary sector, which will be serialised by Civil Society News over the next month.
Helen Stephenson is leaving her post as director of the Office for Civil Society and being replaced by Mark Fisher, currently social justice director at the Department for Work and Pensions.
The chief executive of the Social Investment Business published a tweet on Saturday night shortly after Brooks Newmark resigned, which stated that Nick Hurd was “moved” from his post as minister for civil society.