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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Red Nose Day tweet costs MP £14,000

Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart has admitted to being “Twitter naïve” after her pledge to donate £1 to Comic Relief for every retweet in a half-hour period ended up costing her more than £14,000.

Animal charity to use drones to catch welfare law-breakers

The League Against Cruel Sports has partnered with a non-profit aerial surveillance organisation to use its drone technology to catch people breaking animal welfare laws.

Nick Hurd, minister for civil society

Four charities have received additional funding, totalling £3.1m, from the Social Action Fund after demonstrating "particular effectiveness".

Heads of IT, finance and fundraising 'need to talk to each other'

Laura Dawson, chair of Charity IT Leaders has called for better communication between the finance, fundraising and IT functions.

Am I the only person who feels it is slightly dubious that a consultant brought in to the Tory Party to develop a policy, who then becomes a civil servant to help implement that policy then gets a highly paid job to deliver that policy??

» Former Big Society adviser promoted to CEO at NCS Trust

Hazel Blears,

The requirement for public authorities to consider the social value of organisations before awarding contracts runs the risk of not being implemented, MPs warned today.

Allister Heath, editor, City AM

Public sector cuts are set to become “increasingly painful” and the economic recovery could take up to another eight years, says City AM editor Allister Heath.

HMRC, copyright Stephen Gray

HMRC does not believe it has paid any gift aid claims to either individuals or organisations operating what it describes as a “circular” scheme.

Margaret Hodge MP

MPs questioned whether the Charity Commission is fit for purpose at a Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday, advising they know of 50 charities like the Cup Trust.

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