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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The government has pledged to set up a new working group to revise the model gift aid declaration and develop new marketing collateral to try to increase take-up of the tax relief by donors, as part of its Autumn Statement.
More sector commentators have come out in defence of the Charity Commission in the wake of the National Audit Office report, with Directory of Social Change CEO Debra Allcock-Tyler saying the report is “fundamentally flawed”.
The Charity Commission has scoured the Register of Charities and concluded that it does not contain any more charities like the Cup Trust.
HMRC and the National Audit Office yesterday both claimed charity sector support for their opposing views on whether charitable donations have risen as a result of gift aid.
One is also a little concerned that, with the appointment of Peter Clarke, the Charity Commission is setting itself up as a kicker of the Islamicist can. An odd pastime for a Charity Commission.
Margaret Hodge, the chair of the Parliamentary committee which scrutinises how the government spends its money, suggested yesterday that HMRC could regulate the sector and that the Charity Commission could be “a little quango on a bonfire”.
Too many organisations in the sector focus their communications on the need of their beneficiaries and not nearly enough on the efficacy of their services, according to this year’s Charity Awards winner John Rendel.
Unicef UK has instigated partnerships with six local authorities to enlist the help of young people in the design and delivery of services aimed at them.