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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Wellcome building

The Guardian has attacked the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the charities' investments in fossil fuels.

OSCR to focus more on high-risk charities but scraps plans for public trustee database

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has said it will develop a new approach to reviewing charities that concentrates more on high risk organisations, in a report following a consultation on its priorities.

London (image credit: Colin Smith)

Umbrella bodies have urged the government to protect the £1.46bn business rates relief for the charity sector, following confirmation in the Budget of a “wide-ranging” review of the system.

Social media 'slacktivism' encourages people to donate, finds JustGiving report

People who share a fundraising page on social media are four times more likely to donate than those who don’t, and those that share using a mobile device are seven times more likely to give, according to a report by JustGiving.

So B&B operators cannot refuse gay couples a bed in their own home yet banks can assume muslim organisations might be laundering money for terrorists without any criminal act being proved. Its a strange world.

» Finsbury Park Mosque told its bank account will be closed by HSBC

John Hemming, chair, CTG

A new tax to be introduced in the next Finance Bill would make using trading subsidiaries "impossible" for many charities, but the sector could win a last-minute exemption in tomorrow's Budget, the Charity Tax Group has said.

Battersea charity praises ‘extraordinary’ public response to fire that destroyed its main theatre

A fundraising page for Battersea Arts Centre has raised more than £50,000 since the charity’s building was partly destroyed by a fire on Friday evening.

Carol Rudge, head of not for profit, Grant Thornton

Large charities should be subject to a separate governance standard to improve transparency and create a 'gold standard' of annual reports, according a report from accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

National Trust Seaton Delaval Hall. Image courtesy of Phil Lindsay.

The National Trust has started formal negotiations with its trade union on proposals to close its defined benefit pension scheme to future accrual on 31 March 2016, which will affect 1,200 current members of staff.

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