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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The government has promised that there will be greater scrutiny before awarding grants to charities, as it rolls out a raft of measures as a result of the collapse of Kids Company.
Chief executives’ body Acevo has called on the Cabinet Office and the Charity Commission to change the regulator’s governance set-up, saying the current board has "taken it to the point of not being able to do its primary job".
Charity sector leaders have warned that the Charity Commission is losing the trust and confidence of the sector and that changes are needed at board level.
The Charity Commission has come in for criticism over the behaviour of its board and its governance structure. Kirsty Weakley takes a closer look at just who is running the regulator.
I'm surprised they have omitted the important question of *what* religions these charities are connected with. Surely it is of fundamental interest to know if certain religions are growing or declining, and the current proportion of 'religious charities' which are connected with each of the religions represented?
Kirsty Weakley argues that serious thought must be given to any reappointments or recruitments to the Charity Commission’s board, if the regulator is to regain the confidence of the sector.
HMRC has opened a consultation on the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme – but the Charity Finance Group has told the Revenue that it “needs to think bigger”.
The government has indicated that it will exempt researchers and academics from the anti-advocacy clause in grant contracts, but not charities.
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, has written to minister for civil society Rob Wilson, expressing “serious concerns” about the Charity Commission’s governance, and asking him to address the issue “as a matter of urgency”.