Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media 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.

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Government agrees deal with housing associations over right to buy

The Prime Minister announced yesterday that the government has agreed a deal with the National Housing Federation that will see the sector deliver the government’s right-to-buy policy voluntarily.

Caroline Dinenage, MP

A Conservative MP criticised her government's flagship youth volunteering scheme for not doing enough for poorer areas during a speech at her party's conference earlier this week.

Bidding system for public sector contracts is not working, says Barnardo's chief executive

Barnardo’s is walking away from many public service delivery contracts because councils pay too little, demand too much and waste charities' time, its chief executive told the Conservative Party Conference heard this week.

Government contracts should prevent charities from campaigning, Tory conference told

Government departments should place clauses in all charity contracts preventing organisations from using public money to campaign, the Conservative Party Conference heard yesterday.

Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!

» Charity sector workforce grows by almost 30,000

The Conservatives have proved themselves a 'foe' of Muslim charities, event hears

The Conservative Party has proved itself a "foe" of Muslim charities after denying them a platform to speak at its conference, Sir Stephen Bubb of Acevo said yesterday.

You're not a charity if you’re funded by government, charity leader tells Tory Party Conference

Organisations which receive most of their money from public funds should not be called charities, Frances Crook, chief executive for the Howard League for Penal Reform, told the Conservative Party Conference this morning.

‘Some charities have become more political in the way they campaign’ Conservative MP claims

Some charities “have become more political in the way they campaign” and need to be clearer with donors about where their money is being spent, the Conservative Party Conference heard yesterday.

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A levy on plastic bags in supermarkets, which comes into force today, will raise more than £70m per year for charities, according government estimates.

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