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.

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Charity sector workforce reaches 900,000 milestone

The number of people working in charities went up by 25,000 in accounts and annual returns filed in the year to June 2014 with the Charity Commission.

Awema's former chief executive denies £15,000 fraud charges

The former chief executive of the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association denied defrauding the charity of more than  £15,000 on the first day of his trial.

SSAFA claims Ministry of Defence must pay off its £29m pension deficit

Armed forces charity SSAFA faced a £29.2m pension deficit at the end of 2013, equal to half a year’s income, according to its annual report and accounts - but the charity claims the Ministry of Defence is liable for the shortfall.

Biggest-ever legacy helps Cats Protection income to rise by almost a fifth

Cats Protection received its biggest-ever legacy of £2.2m last year, contributing to a £7m rise in its total income, according to its recently published accounts.

Whilst one can have every sympathy for the difficult job facing the Commission CEO, the Committee request for a figure required by the Commission to regulate effectively is surely a fair one, when the Commission claims it needs more money to regulate effectively.

» Charity Commission doesn't know how much money it needs

DEC launches Gaza appeal

The Disasters Emergency Committee announced this morning that it will launch an appeal for people affected by the conflict in Gaza.

10 per cent of charities with net liabilities in 'significant financial difficulty', finds Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has identified 1,348 large charities which have current debts greater than funds available to cover them, with 10 per cent of those it analysed found to be in 'significant financial difficulty', according to its latest accounts monitoring review.

World Animal Protection paid out more than £230,000 in salary and redundancy costs to one employee

World Animal Protection paid one employee £231,732 last year in “exceptional payment of salary and statutory redundancy costs”, after deciding to close its Colombia office, according to its latest accounts.

Charity Commission assesses allegations against Tony Blair Faith Foundation

The Charity Commission is looking into the Tony Blair Faith Foundation after a former employee accused the charity of putting the former prime minister’s interests before its charitable objectives.

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