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 survival of the London Civic Forum is hanging in the balance after the Greater London Authority withdrew its core grant once Boris Johnson became mayor. The charity’s chair Andrew Wakefield has warned other infrastructure organisations that they are likely to face similar cuts as politicians direct limited public funds to frontline services.
More than half of the organisations that provide support services to local frontline charities say they are coping very well or fairly well with the recession, despite nearly four in five reporting higher demand for help. The findings were revealed in a survey by Capacitybuilders of local consortia that provide support to other sector groups – the first of four such surveys which will be conducted every six months. They aim to establish how the economic climate is affecting support bodies and whether government funding programmes are targeting the right areas.
Children’s minister Ed Balls has asked Sir Roger Singleton to review the government’s plans for who should be subject to the forthcoming Vetting and Barring Scheme, after its initial proposals attracted widespread criticism and confusion. The new scheme will make it a legal requirement for everyone who works or regularly volunteers with children or vulnerable adults to be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Two pieces of research released by the Charity Commission and NCVO on the same day last week appear to give conflicting results about the sector’s confidence in the recession. According to the Charity Commission’s third Economic Survey of Charities, 71 per cent of the 1,001 charities polled said they felt optimistic about the outlook for the next six months.
A giant of the charity sector, but an even greater friend. I am truly devastated that Dave is no longer with us.
The Charity Commission has appointed interim managers at 35 charities over the last ten years, safeguarding £40.8m of charitable funds at a total cost to the charities involved of more than £1.9m.
The Charity Commission’s leaders were chastised by a sector chief executive yesterday for inundating charities with warnings and threats instead of encouraging them by celebrating their great work.
Big Lottery Fund chair Peter Ainsworth last night chastised the media for allowing the spirit of last year’s Olympic Games to “fizzle out” after BIG-funded Games legacy project Britain’s Personal Best failed to secure any TV support.
Shadow minister for civil society Gareth Thomas has called on the Big Lottery Fund to publish the 100-day progress plan agreed with Society Network Foundation for Britain’s Personal Best.