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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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.

HMRC (image credit: Steph Gray)

Leaders from six umbrella organisations have urged the government to use the Budget to extend a VAT rebate scheme which would save the charity sector up to £1.5bn per year.

Charity Commission releases new online annual returns form

The Charity Commission has released its updated annual return, which includes new questions on the amount of income from government and whether the charity has a policy on staff pay.

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."

» Paul Hamlyn Foundation unveils new grants strategy

Lynne Berry

The new breast cancer charity formed from the merger of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign will launch on 1 April with former RVS chief executive Lynne Berry as its new chair, the two charities said today.

Save the Children UK chief executive says 'sorry' for giving Tony Blair humanitarian award

Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children UK, apologised to people upset by an award given to Tony Blair and said that the uproar had caused an “unnecessary distraction” from the charity’s humanitarian work.

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation to close and transfer services to NCVO

NCVO is to take over the core services of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, which will close later this year.

Smoother flow of information at the Canal and River Trust

Kirsty Weakley looks at the Canal and River Trust's new electronic-point-of-sale system as well as the rest of this month's IT new business wins.

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