Policy & Politics

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Charity Commission board member will lead Birmingham schools investigation

Peter Clarke, former head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, will look into allegations of a Muslim plot to infiltrate schools in the city

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Policy & Politics In Depth

Peter Stanford says military charities are unlikely to heed the recommendations made in Lord Ashcroft's Veterans' Transition Review

Peter Stanford: Too many charities - and that's how it's likely to stay

The staff of individual charities are rarely going to be the most passionate supporters of mergers. Unless there is support from trustees and policy-makers, consolidation is unlikely, writes our columnist

Nandy says Labour will launch a pre-election consultation with the voluntary sector

Interview: Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy, who used to work in the third sector, has been shadow charities minister for six months. She tells Stephen Cook about Labour's developing policies for charities

Sir Tony Hawkhead previously served 17 years as head of the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork

Interview: Sir Tony Hawkhead

The new head of Action for Children is warming up to the challenges ahead, which include securing longer-term public service contracts and attracting support from businesses


Political Interviews

Interview: Nick Hurd The Minister for Civil Society says his office is succeeding in getting the sector's message across

Interview: Lisa Nandy The new shadow civil society minister tells David Ainsworth she does not want the sector to become a political football

Interview: Gareth Thomas - The view from Labour The shadow civil society minister tells Stephen Cook that the damage the government has done to the voluntary sector through spending cuts far outweighs some modest achievements

Interview: Nick Hurd Charities minister Nick Hurd tells Stephen Cook that, despite lingering fear and frustration, he sees transition in the sector and a determination to find better ways of doing things

Interview: Jeremy Wright The prisons minister expects 'significant' voluntary sector involvement in new contracts to run probation services for low and medium-risk ex-prisoners

The Big society

The Big Society

Follow the impact of David Cameron's Big Society agenda on the voluntary sector.


Latest Policy & Politics Comment

Wally Harbert says more government money should be directed at smaller, local organisations

Wally Harbert: An open letter to Nick Hurd

While big charities get bigger with government money, the big society is languishing. Distributing funds directly to small, local projects is the answer, writes our columnist

Charities and the cuts

Charities and cuts

How charities are affected by funding cuts and the recession.

The Charity Commission

Changes to the Charity Commission

News, analysis and reaction to the cuts and changes to the Charity Commission.


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