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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A report from a committee of MPs into the future of the retail sector has urged government to tighten up the definition of a charity shop, in response to complaints from other types of shops about charities’ business rates relief.
Society Network Foundation used part of a restricted government grant to help it reduce the historical £180,000 deficit run up by its trading subsidiary, Big Society Network, without obtaining the necessary authority to do so.
Minister for civil society Nick Hurd has said that people with concerns about high pay in charities should refer them to the Charity Commission.
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.
The £1m grant to Society Network Foundation for Britain’s Personal Best has been put under review by the Big Lottery Fund.
The Wellcome Trust’s head of tax and chief investment officer wrote a letter in today’s Times calling on the government to commission a comprehensive review of charity tax law to prevent fraud without inadvertently hurting good causes.
A TV advert by Cycling Scotland which showed a cyclist riding down the middle of a road and not wearing a helmet, has been banned even though the law does not stipulate that helmets must be worn.