Big Issues

Third Sector Big Issues give you a quick, easy way to find articles on important topics. New articles are added regularly to many of the sections, so do check back if you are following a particular issue.

Government response to Lord Hodgson and PASC

Read about the government's response to Lord Hodgson's review and the Public Administration Select Committee's report on the Charity Commission and the Charities Act 2006.



Lobbying act

Read about the latest developments to the lobbying act and the impact it will have on charity campaigning.



Olympic volunteering legacy

The government is doing its best to build on the volunteering that underpinned last year’s Olympics. In this Big Issue, our writers chart the various initiatives and their progress.



Chief executive pay

Publication by the Daily Telegraph of chief executive salaries in the top aid charities has reopened the debate about senior pay in the sector. Our Big Issue takes you through the stories, the comment and the wider background.


Eden ProjectEden Trust

The iconic charity-owned attraction has suffered a flood, seen its visitor numbers fall and changed many of its senior management in the last few years. Our Big Issue takes you through the stories, the background and the comment.


Spending review

Read about the key announcements from this year's review, revealed by George Osborne, and how it will affect the sector.



PASC report

Stories on all the key aspects of the Public Administration Select Committee report on the Charity Commission and the Charities Act 2006.



  Developments on Gift Aid

 Read about changes to Gift Aid and how they will affect the sector




2014 Budget

Read all the latest on this year's Budget and how it will affect the sector




The Cup Trust

The charity that raised £176m but donated only £55k to good causes turned out to be a tax avoidance scheme. Read the full running story here.




Plymouth Brethren

The Christian church has  been refused charitable status by the Charity Commission and is taking its fight to the charity tribunal. Read how this controversial case is progressing.



Trustee payment

The debate rages on, prompted by Hodgson's report's recommendation that large charities should all have the option to pay.



Tax Relief Cap

Latest news and analysis about the 2012 Budget proposal and why the government changed its mind.



The Hodgson Review

The Conservative peer Lord Hodgson is conducting a review of the 2006 Charities Act. Find out about the latest developments in this special report.



Health LotteryHealth Lottery

Latest news and analysis about the controversial lottery launched by the media owner Richard Desmond.



Employment Minister Chris GraylingThe Work Programme

Is the Work Programme a good deal for charities? Read our special report to see what employment minister Chris Grayling has to say, as well as what charities think of the scheme.



The CompactThe Compact

News, anaysis and comment on the Compact between the Government and the voluntary sector.



The Charity CommissionChanges to the Charity Commission

News, comment and analysis on changes and cuts to the Charity Commission.



The Big SocietyThe Big Society

How the Big Society agenda affects the voluntary sector, key milestones in its evolution, and reaction from sector experts.



Upper Tribunal on public benefit

Upper Tribunal ruling on public benefit and private schools


Analysis and reactions to the recent ruling by the Upper Tribunal on fee-charging schools and public benefit.


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