10 Sep 2015
Jay Kennedy is head of policy at the Directory of Social Change. Kennedy joined the organisation in 2003 as a researcher and now has responsibility for a range of DSC activities, including delivering on its Great Giving campaign. Prior to joining the DSC he worked both in the US and UK as an academic and for local government associations.
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The Office for Civil Society has announced the launch of its £20m Local Sustainability Fund, which will give grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 to around 250 small and medium-sized organisations.
The government gave independent charities grants totalling just £480m out of a total grants budget of £147bn in the last financial year, an analysis of figures published on the data.gov.uk website reveals.
Last week, the Charity Commission’s surprise intervention on the lobbying bill caused much disconcertion within the charity sector. Alex Massey, senior policy officer at Acevo, explains why.
Few beyond NCVO believe in the Compact - and for NCVO it is about marketshare and has little to do with the interests of the sector. I wonder how many of their 30 pieces of OCS silver are left?
The Charity Commission has proposed that charities should have to disclose their campaign spending and public sector income in their Annual Returns.
Sector umbrellas have complained about the Commission’s intervention into the lobbying bill, saying it illustrates a lack of support for charities. Leon Ward wonders if the sector is having an identity crisis on behalf of the Charity Commission.
Representatives from the Office for Civil Society, including Nick Hurd, ignored calls for their input into the evaluation of the Compact overseen by the Commission for the Compact as its final act before closing its doors on 31 March.
The Charity Commission has been criticised by charity infrastructure bodies who say it “torpedoed” an amendment to exempt charities from the lobbying bill.