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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Charity leaders have warned that the sector may withdraw from delivering public services after the government failed to respond to concerns about an anti-advocacy clause in grant contracts.
Chief executives body Acevo has called for an inquiry into Charity Commission board member Gwythian Prins, while a former board member has asked the Commission to consider his fitness to continue.
There were eight new entrants to the Charity 100 Index this year, including the Canal & River Trust at 23 in the first year that the charity was eligible.
The government has failed to respond to a sector letter outlining concerns about the recently introduced anti-advocacy clause - prompting NCVO to call again for clarity on what the measure will mean.
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."
Gwythian Prins, a Charity Commission board member, has written an essay calling for Britain to leave the European Union, which will be published by the 'sock puppet' think tank the Institute for Economic Affairs.
Kirsty Weakley unpicks how the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act will affect the sector.
A new system to enable charities to register with HMRC and Charity Commission at the same time has been delayed until April 2017, according to Budget documents released by HMRC.