Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media Ltd from May 2011

Kirsty joined Civil Society Media in May as a reporter after completing a journalism course at Kingston University.

She has a degree in history from Swansea University where she ran a painting and decorating project helping vulnerable adults for Discovery Student Volunteering. She also lived in France for six months and speaks fluent French.

Email her kirsty.weakley@civilsociety.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @KirstyWeakley 

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Lobbying Act comes into force today

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 comes into force today, which limits the amount charities can spend on campaigning in the lead-up to the general election.

Devolution 'will affect how charities operate'

The political landscape that charities operate in looks set to change following the Scottish decision to vote against independence, NCVO has warned.

Liverpool Crown Court (image credit: Oosoom)

Two accountants accused of devising a fraud to claim around £1m in gift aid were found not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court earlier this week after the prosecution dropped the case against them.

Shawcross: 'Too often charities respond defensively'

Sector leaders warned yesterday that charities need to get better at answering the public’s questions if the sector is to hold on to high levels of trust.

So B&B operators cannot refuse gay couples a bed in their own home yet banks can assume muslim organisations might be laundering money for terrorists without any criminal act being proved. Its a strange world.

» Finsbury Park Mosque told its bank account will be closed by HSBC

Dan Corry, chief executive, NPC

NPC has warned that introducing charity-only contracts is the “wrong approach to take”, in its response to the Labour Party’s manifesto consultation.

Commission's new online charity search to launch soon after delay

The Charity Commission’s searchable online register of charities is due to launch in beta this autumn, after a four-month delay, as the organisation prepares to move its website to gov.uk. 

Mairead O’Reilly, senior associate at Bates Wells Braithwaite

Charities that carry out investigative work or campaigning are able to use the ‘journalism exemption’ from the Data Protection Act, according to the latest guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office.

Civil Society Media's Carys Pugh takes part in the #icebucketchallenge

One-sixth of Britons say that they have taken part in an ice bucket challenge, while one in ten said they donated to charity as a result of the challenge, according to a new poll out today.

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