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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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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” and need to be clearer with donors about where their money is being spent, the Conservative Party Conference heard yesterday.
A levy on plastic bags in supermarkets, which comes into force today, will raise more than £70m per year for charities, according government estimates.
The Conservative Party has cancelled a joint Acevo and Muslim Charities Forum event at its conference at the last minute, without telling the speakers, following a critical Daily Telegraph article.
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?
Action for Blind People made 66 people redundant last year as contracts came to an end and it reduced duplication of back office services with RNIB.
The Charity Commission has today issued a terrorism alert reminding organisations of their legal responsibilities after investigations found charity assets in terrorist hands.
Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob, chief executive and chair of defunct charity Kids Company, will give evidence about its relationship with government to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee on 15 October.