Regulator gives verdict on 'political' Oxfam tweet | Attempt to buy BeatBullying failed | Big Society Capital launches match funding competition

Plus: NCVO says charities should consider publishing political activities of staff | Think tank created 'perception' that it supported Labour, says Charity Commission | Ukip supporters have lowest trust in charities

Oxfam tweeted this picture, prompting a complaint to the Charity Commission
Oxfam tweeted this picture, prompting a complaint to the Charity Commission

The regulator has concluded that Oxfam should have "done more to avoid any misperception of political bias" in a tweet sent earlier this year that sparked a complaint to the Charity Commission by Conservative MP Conor Burns. In an operational compliance report published today, the Charity Commission said that although it accepted that the charity did not intend to act in a party political way, it should have made the link more obvious between the tweet and Below the Breadline report, a report compiled with other charities.

An attempt to buy BeatBullying before it went into liquidation failed, according to documents seen by Third Sector. They indicate that the buyer would have retained staff and continued some of the charity's online services, but wanted the founder to resign and refrain from competition.

The IPPR think tank "exposed itself to perception" of support for Labour with its Condition of Britain report on social renewal, according to a Charity Commission operational compliance report. The complainant who prompted the investigation is not named, but Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke complained to the regulator in June about the IPPR’s work on the report, which was launched by Ed Miliband.

Ukip supporters have the least trust in charities, according to a survey by the think tank NPC. Polling carried out by Ipsos Mori found that 53 per cent of Ukip supporters declared a low level of support for UK charities compared with 33 per cent of Conservative, 28 per cent of Labour and 24 per cent of Liberal Democrat supporters.

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