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.

Email her kirsty.weakley@civilsociety.co.uk

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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.

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

£7m arts social impact fund pilots three-way investment model

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Nesta have launched a £7m pilot social investment fund for arts organisations as an alternative to grant or private loan funding.

'BeatBullying was quickly affected by loss of expected funding because it did not follow its reserves policy'

The Charity Commission has concluded that BeatBullying ran into financial difficulty because of its reliance on grant funding and lack of reserves, but found no evidence of financial misconduct, in an operational compliance case report published today.

Ruchir Shah, head of policy, SCVO

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has criticised other charity umbrella bodies for demanding a £1.5bn VAT rebate for the whole sector, and called for a "targeted approach" to prioritise independent voluntary organisations.

Cabinet Office

Companies limited by guarantee will not be able to apply to become charitable incorporated organisations until after the General Election, the government has confirmed.

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