Tania Mason

Tania Mason

Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.

She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.

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Colin Nee takes top job at Reprieve

Colin Nee, the former chief executive of Charities Evaluation Services, is to join human rights charity Reprieve as interim executive director for around a year.

Home Secretary and Justice Secretary in High Court over refugee charity collapse

Asylum-seeker clients of Refugee and Migrant Justice are taking the Justice and Home Secretaries to court in a bid to force the government to stump up close to £1m to cover the costs of transferring their legal cases to other lawyers.

CTG launches rebate campaign around VAT rise

Charity Tax Group is to ask the government to give charities the same VAT relief on non-business expenditure that local authorities are entitled to, on the 2.5 per cent VAT increase announced in today’s Budget.

Capital gains tax rise 'good for philanthropy'

The rise in Capital Gains Tax announced in the emergency Budget could have a positive impact on philanthropy if wealthy individuals seek to avoid paying the higher rate by gifting more assets to charities.

The Charity Commission may be under-resourced and timid as a result of past failures, but the answer is not a bad decision based on the false premise that tax status is all that is important to charitable status.

» Hodge moots 'bonfire' of the Charity Commission

Unprotected departmental budgets face average cuts of 25 per cent

Whitehall departments that are not ringfenced from public spending cuts will have to swallow average real budget reductions of around 25 per cent over the next four years, Chancellor George Osborne announced last month.

VAT hike will add £143m to charities' VAT bill

The coalition government’s move to raise VAT to 20 per cent from 4 January next year will lost the charity sector in the region of £143m, Charity Tax Group has estimated.

Big Society Bank to give out first funds by next April

The coalition government is aiming to have the Big Society Bank open for business by April next year, according to the Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan published this week.

Commission censures charity that hired sex offender as CEO

A disability charity that knowingly employed a convicted sex offender as its chief executive has been censured by the Charity Commission after a year-long inquiry in which the trustees failed to accept the gravity of the error.

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