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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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.

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?

» NPC: 'It's time to consider the role of religious charities'

Michael Birtwistle, NCVO

Local authorities awarded only £43m in discretionary business rates relief to charities, out of a potential £349m, in the financial year to March 2014, according to statistics published today.

Nearly one in ten people donated by text last year

Text donation was worth £115m to charities in 2014 and is expected to grow to £124m in 2015, according to the premium rate regulator’s annual market report.

Paul Sussex, chief executive, Charity Commission

More organisations are applying to become charities because of the appeal of the charitable incorporated organisation structure, the chief executive of the Charity Commission has said.

Man arrested for murder after fire at charitable hospice

A 67-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder after two residents died following a fire at St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards on Sea this weekend.

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