REVIEW OF THE YEAR: The sector stories that made the headlines

JANUARY

Tom Shebbeare of the Prince's Trust receives a knighthood. Red Cross attacked for taking money from Nestle. VSO suffers recruitment crisis.

FEBRUARY

WWF-UK sells BP shares over "slipping" ethical standards. Voluntary sector absenteeism doubles since 2001, says Work Foundation. PFRA begins independent regulation of face-to-face.

MARCH

Government presses on with Community Fund (CF) and New Opportunities Fund merger despite opposition. Guidestar UK gets £2.9m from Treasury for website on information about charities.

APRIL

Draft CF guidance proposes extra investigations before grants are given to groups involved in "attacks on politicians" and opposition to government policy. There are fears that charities will lose to Olympic Lottery game.

MAY

Third Sector reveals "complete chaos" as RSPCA restructures. Government sets aside £70m for sector infrastructure. Medecins sans Frontieres suspends face-to-face fundraising.

JUNE

Voluntary sector insurance rockets, says Acevo. CRB doubles charges for vetting staff working with children and the vulnerable. Fiona Mactaggart appointed.

JULY

NSPCC decides to end equity investments within five years. Diana Fund suspends payment of £10m of grants after losing legal battle. Leonard Cheshire loses £1.5m of donations following collapse of NHS project.

AUGUST

Government withdraws funding from over-50s volunteer organisation The Experience Corps. DEC launches appeal for Liberia.

SEPTEMBER

Acevo condemns strikes in the sector. Mark Curtis leaves Christian Aid with blast at "hob-nobbing with ministers". Sarah Teather leaves Macmillan Cancer Relief to be MP for Brent East. Pay gap between voluntary and commercial sector up to 28 per cent.

OCTOBER

Former Oxfam worker attempts citizen's arrest of Tony Blair at Labour conference. Geraldine Peacock and Oxfam win Third Sector's Most Admired Charity awards. Breakthrough Breast Cancer merges with UK Breast Cancer Coalition.

NOVEMBER

Third Sector exposes "culture of bullying" at Samaritans. Tony Blair hosts a reception for sector luminaries at No. 10. Charities criticise Home Office proposal to fingerprint staff applying to work with children.

Draft Charities Bill included in Queen's Speech.

DECEMBER

Sweeping organisational changes announced at CRUK. Daleep Mukarji of Christian Aid calls for global solidarity movement. Help the Aged proposes charging for helpline advice.

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