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Five charities were charged total of £2.5m in fees for interim managers appointed by Charity Commission

Five charities were charged total of £2.5m in fees for interim managers appointed by Charity Commission

According to figures obtained by Third Sector, the costs rose to £3.7m once various other costs were included Interim managers appointed by the Charity Commission charged five charities a total of almost £2.5m in fees for statutory inquiries that concluded between 2011 and 2016, figures show. The cost to the charities grew to £3.7m once […]

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Matthew Hodson is 2017 Social CEO of the Year

Matthew Hodson is 2017 Social CEO of the Year

Matthew Hodson has been named as overall winner in the 2017 Social CEOs awards. Hodson, who is chief executive of the charity NAM, which shares information about HIV and Aids, was at the head of the top 30 nominees in the awards, which recognise and encourage the work of charity leaders online. Five individual awards […]

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IoF signs up to partnership with Trustees Unlimited

IoF signs up to partnership with Trustees Unlimited

The Institute of Fundraising has announced a partnership with the trustee recruitment group Trustees Unlimited to encourage more fundraisers to join charity boards. The move follows publication of the report Taken on Trust, which was released on Monday and highlighted concerns about whether trustee boards had sufficient fundraising skills and expertise. Ian Joseph, the chief […]

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Charity shops 'a major reason for recent retail growth'

Charity shops ‘a major reason for recent retail growth’

New statistics from the Office for National Statistics show a 0.9 per cent rise in the quantity of goods purchased, which it says is largely down to the performance of second-hand goods shops The good performance of charity shops is one of the main reasons for recent growth in the retail sector, according to new statistics […]

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Salary of Consumers’ Association chief falls to £462,000

The end of a controversial incentive plan meant Peter Vicary-Smith’s earnings fell by 15 per cent, say the latest accounts, but his basic pay rose and he received a £44k compensatory payment The chief executive of the Consumers’ Association, the charity behind the Which? publications and brand, saw his salary fall by 15 per cent […]

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Civil society plans ‘a timid, tick-box exercise’, says shadow charities minister

Steve Reed accuses the government of attempting to cover up its neglect of the sector The government’s plan to develop a civil society strategy is a timid tick-box exercise, according to the shadow minister for civil society. In a statement released this morning, Steve Reed accused the government of neglecting the sector and said it […]

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HMRC ‘is taking a punitive approach’ to care worker back-pay issue

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group says there is a lack of clarity with the scheme to make care charities give sleep-in staff back pay within 15 months A charity representing more than 80 voluntary sector and not-for-profit disability and care organisations has accused the government and the taxman of taking a punitive approach to charities […]

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Jersey lifeboat crew plans to break with the RNLI

The coxswain of the St Helier lifeboat, Andy Hibbs, was sacked and then reinstated by the parent charity for allegedly breaking the code of conduct An RNLI crew has said it plans to break away from the national body and set up its own independent lifeboat service after a long-standing dispute. Members of the St […]

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Business Charity Awards 2018 open for entries

The deadline for entries is 1 February, and the event takes place in London on 23 May, as part of Third Sector’s Fundraising Week The Business Charity Awards 2018, which recognise the contribution made by UK businesses to charities and social enterprises, have opened for entries. The deadline for entries to the awards, which are […]

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Action for Children unfairly and constructively dismissed social worker, tribunal finds

Janette Coyle claimed she had been bullied and undermined by her manager at the charity’s Plymouth city centre office An employment tribunal has ruled that Action for Children unfairly and constructively dismissed an employee who felt she had been bullied by her line manager. Janette Coyle resigned from her role as a social work lead practitioner […]

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Video interviews: Alexandra Rose Charity

At the recent Third Sector Awards, specialist insurer Markel had the opportunity to speak to charities about the risks they face and how they manage them. The Alexandra Rose Charity  provides ‘Rose Vouchers’ for fruit and veg to support pregnant women and families living on low incomes to eat more healthily and improve their wellbeing. […]

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Charity fraud up by £400m in a year, say latest estimates

The Annual Fraud Indicator 2017 says much of the increase is down to a large rise in procurement fraud, to almost £1.2bn Fraud against charities has increased by £400m over the past 12 months and is now worth about £2.3bn, the latest estimates show. The Annual Fraud Indicator 2017, which has been published today by […]

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Report calls for campaign to promote trusteeship and a register of board vacancies

The report, commissioned by the Charity Commission and the Office for Civil Society, says there are fewer trustees than thought and most are male, retired and well-off A report revealing that the majority of trustees are male, retired and well-off has called for a national campaign to promote trusteeship and a national register of trustee […]

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Acevo posts loss of £138,000 in accounts for 2016/17

But the chief executives body says this is a smaller loss than the previous year, and it expects to record a surplus in the next accounts The charity chief executives body Acevo made a loss of £138,000 in 2016/17, its latest accounts show. But the deficit was an improvement on the previous year, when it […]

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Video interviews: Kuhlisa UK | Third Sector

At the recent Third Sector Awards, specialist insurer Markel had the opportunity to speak to charities about the risks they face and how they manage them. Khulisa works with young people in schools, prisons and in the community to help them understand and tackle the root-cause of their challenging behaviour. Dominique Airey, CEO of Khulisa […]

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Electronic wills need safeguards, warns Institute of Legacy Management

In its reply to a Law Commission consultation on modernising legacies, the ILM says tighter regulation and standardisation of online will-writing platforms is needed Charities could miss out on legacies if electronic wills are introduced without the necessary safeguards and standards to ensure they can be enforced in law, the Institute of Legacy Management has […]

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ICO warning after charity worker is convicted of data-protection offence

Robert Morrisey, 63, of Rochdale was given a two-year conditional discharge after sending sensitive information about clients to himself The Information Commissioner’s Office has warned charities to ensure their staff abide by data-protection legislation after a charity worker was prosecuted for sending private data to his personal email address. Robert Morrisey, 63, from Rochdale, who […]

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Peers approve order to speed up CIO conversion

The House of Lords passed an order that would allow charities and community interest companies to convert to charitable incorporated organisations more quickly The House of Lords has approved potential legislation that would allow charities and community interest companies to convert quickly to charitable incorporated organisations. In a debate on Tuesday, peers approved the Charitable […]

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MPs quiz government on social care back-pay bill

Social care charities have been given 15 months to repay an estimated £400m in back-pay for sleep-in providers Conservative and Labour MPs have questioned the government’s position on the 15-month deadline for social care charities to repay approximately £400m in back-pay to sleep-in care workers. Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Rebecca Long-Bailey, […]

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Twitter doubles up – and charities respond

After a test of the 280-character limit, the social media giant has doubled the limit for everyone, and the sector has joined in with gusto Twitter is now allowing tweets of up to #280characters, more than twice the previous length, and the sector has been quick to react to the new expansive digital world with […]

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