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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Lisa Nandy, the shadow minister for civil society, has written to David Cameron demanding an inquiry into the “squandering” by the Cabinet Office and Big Lottery Fund of millions of pounds of public money on “questionable projects” run by Big Society Network.
Charity Bank has reported a sharp upturn in loan approvals, and has cited this as evidence that the sector’s confidence in the economy is growing.
Basically it looks like the government stuffing public money into their friend's pockets without actually expecting them to do anything for it.
The real shame of the Big Society Network saga is the hundreds of genuine, effective charities that missed out on funding, says Tania Mason.
The Cabinet Office vetoed its own appointed grantmaking advisory panel in order to make a £300,000 grant to Big Society Network’s charity, the National Audit Office revealed today.
Martin Brookes has left his post as director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation “by mutual agreement” after 13 months in the job.