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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NAO report criticises Cabinet Office for 'weak oversight' of £50m fund

The Cabinet Office has been criticised by the National Audit Office for weak design and poor oversight of a grants programme, after £750,000 was wrongly awarded.

Charity sector faces a £4.6bn income shortfall, says NCVO report

Cuts in government funding will leave the charity sector facing a £4.6bn hole in its finances by 2018/19, according to a report published today by NCVO.

Alan Yentob admits that mistakes were made at Kids Company

Alan Yentob, chair of Kids Company, has admitted that the charity made mistakes but defended the motives of its founder and chief executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Rob Wilson, minister for civil society

The RSPCA and RSPB have offered to show the minister for civil society how they carry out their charitable objectives after he used them as examples of charities that have strayed from their mission.

The move to longer term funding is great; this is one of the biggest complaints we get from the young people that we work with; they often ask "why is it that as soon as they get a project/activity that we like and benefit from, it gets taken away."

» Paul Hamlyn Foundation unveils new grants strategy

Minister for civil society criticised over 9p travel expenses claim

Rob Wilson, the minister for civil society, has been criticised on the front page of a national newspaper after claiming 9p for a 350 yard car journey to visit a constituent and 60p towards the cost of maintaining his bicycle.

Jackie Morton, interim chief executive, THT

Jackie Morton, a trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust, will act as its interim chief executive while the charity recruits a replacement for Rosemary Gillespie, who was recently asked to stand down as chief executive with immediate effect.

Cabinet Office building

The most senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office warned against providing a £3m grant to Kids Company because the charity was unlikely to meet its conditions, but was overruled by ministers, letters published today reveal.

Male charity communications professionals paid an average of 10 per cent more than female

The gender pay gap for marketing and communications staff working in charities has narrowed, with men earning 10 per cent more than women in 2015 compared to 15 per cent last year, according to a salary survey.

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