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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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.

£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.

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'

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.

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