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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Liam Fox steps down as patron of Afghan Heroes

Liam Fox has distanced himself from Afghan Heroes citing a “breakdown in trust” after the charity failed to inform him that it was being investigated by the Charity Commission.

NSPCC faces backlash over letters from Santa

A glitch in NSPCC’s Letter from Santa website has resulted in incorrect personalisation of letters and delays in sending them out.

Sam Younger, chief executive, Charity Commission

The chief executive of the Charity Commission was unable to tell MPs how much money the regulator needs to carry out its statutory duties, despite warning its current budget was not enough.

Further budget cuts for Charity Commission

The Charity Commission’s budget for the next two years has been trimmed again following the Chancellor’s autumn statement with the regulator’s annual budget now set at £20.2m by 2015/16.

Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!

» Charity sector workforce grows by almost 30,000

Commission orders grantmaker to appoint independent trustee

The Charity Commission has ordered Mayfair Charities Ltd to appoint an independent trustee to avoid future conflicts of interest as it concludes its statutory inquiry into the charity.

Charity Commission to take a closer look at charities with pension deficits

The Charity Commission is planning to scrutinise charities with pension deficits as it increases its accounts monitoring and review work for the year 2013/14, and takes a “tougher stance” on non-compliance issues.

Joe Saxton, driver of ideas, nfpSynergy

Two recent public surveys indicate that charities should communicate better and file accounts on time to maintain support from individuals.

Jamaica to set up a Charity Commission

The Jamaican Senate has passed a Charities Act which will lead to the establishment of a Charity Commission-style organisation in the country.

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