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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Allister Heath, editor, City AM

Public sector cuts are set to become “increasingly painful” and the economic recovery could take up to another eight years, says City AM editor Allister Heath.

HMRC, copyright Stephen Gray

HMRC does not believe it has paid any gift aid claims to either individuals or organisations operating what it describes as a “circular” scheme.

Margaret Hodge MP

MPs questioned whether the Charity Commission is fit for purpose at a Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday, advising they know of 50 charities like the Cup Trust.

National Audit Office to investigate Charity Commission's ability to regulate

The National Audit Office will complete a report on the Charity Commission's ability to effectively regulate the sector after MPs voiced serious concerns at a Public Accounts Committee meeting this morning.

It is vital that the voices suggesting the change are heard by the ears that need to hear it and until we understand and map that cross functional landscape, collaboration remains purely an aspiration.

» Sector needs a 'data manifesto', says leadership review

Increased 'sophistication' in the European social investment sector

Venture philanthropy organisations (VPOs) are increasingly using debt and equity instruments and more are now looking for a financial as well as a social return, according to the European Venture Philanthropy Association’s second survey of the sector.

RNIB's talking book service

RNIB has upgraded its wide area network in preparation for future projects. Kirsty Weakley reports and rounds-up the rest of this months IT new business wins.

Institute takes its policy advice social

The Institute of Fundraising is extending its policy helpline to Facebook and Twitter.

Hertfordshire charities to connect with local companies online

Hertfordshire volunteer centres have launched an online hub within the platform to connect local businesses with community groups.

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