Tania Mason

Tania Mason

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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Dame Stephanie Shirley's autism charity changes name

The UK charity Autism Speaks, founded five years ago by the UK’s first Ambassador for Philanthropy Dame Stephanie Shirley, has changed its name to Autistica.

No tax penalties for temporary public benefit failure

HMRC has decided that those charities that are deemed by the Charity Commission not to be meeting the public benefit test when they are assessed, but who reorganise themselves and eventually make the grade, will not lose their tax reliefs for the period they were deemed to be failing.

Sector's best-case scenario: cuts of 'hundreds of millions', says CFDG report

The most optimistic scenario for the voluntary sector in the next public spending round is overall funding cuts of “hundreds of millions if not billions” of pounds, whichever party gets into power, according to a new report by CFDG.

'Little evidence' of ChangeUp's impact on frontline groups

The first qualitative evaluation of the first four years of the ChangeUp programme has revealed that the local infrastructure groups that swallowed up much of the funding made very little attempt to measure the programme's effect on frontline charities.

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.

» Students' unions hit back at Shawcross warnings

BIG simplifies small grants process and promises earlier decisions

The Big Lottery Fund is introducing a “lighter-touch” Reaching Communities application process for organisations seeking grants of up to £40,000 a year.

Dan Corry, CEO of NPC

The Big Lottery Fund has denied that its recent grants to Citizens Advice Bureaux and Home-start charities breach the additionality principle that prohibits the lottery from funding services that the government has a statutory responsibility to provide.

Bernard Jenkin MP, chair of the Public Administration Select Committee

The public benefit provisions in the Charities Act 2006 are “critically flawed” and should be repealed, the Public Administration Select Committee has recommended to the government.

Mountstar trustee's firm stood to make £3.5m from Cup Trust scheme

The trustee who set up the Cup Trust tax avoidance scheme admitted to the Charity Tribunal yesterday that his partnership had been in line to make around £3.5m in fees if the gift aid claims submitted to HMRC were successful.

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