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