Sam Burne James


Barnardo's appoints new director of communications

Sagar Sharma replaces Nick Gammage, who has held the role on an interim basis since Gill Holmes left last year for a job at an NHS foundation trust

Vickie Sheriff

Vickie Sheriff to leave Which? after six months

The director of communications and campaigns joined the consumer charity in October last year

The Essential Trustee (CC3)

Charity Commission's new version of trustee guidance CC3 changes definition of 'should'

The regulator's updated guidance makes the amendment in response to sector concerns that the previous definition was not consistent with charity law

Faith charities: spiritual authority 'does not negate collective decision-making'

Faith charities must beware the rise of 'dominant individuals', Charity Commission manager warns

Nick Donaldson, outreach manager at the regulator, tells a public meeting that the boards of religious charities have the same responsibility to make collective decisions as any other charities

Charities delivering care services 'could be hardest hit'

Improved national living wage might be a burden on charities that deliver public services such as caring, sector fears

The renamed national minimum wage will be set at £7.20 an hour from April next year for over-25s and will rise to at least £9 by 2020, George Osborne announced in his Budget

Gift Aid

Charity leaders disappointed by lack of Budget measures on irrecoverable VAT and Gift Aid

But they welcome giveaways to miltiary charities and say they will watch for plans on further devolution

Bernard Jenkin on ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme

MPs will quiz charity chiefs on 'vile' fundraising techniques, PASC chair Bernard Jenkin says

The Conservative MP who chairs the Public Administration Select Committee tells ITV's Good Morning Britain programme that charities are in the 'last-chance saloon'

The report by the Boston Consulting Group

Futurebuilders England investments lost average 3 per cent of their initial value, report says

The study by the Boston Consulting Group says this performance is 'more positive than might otherwise be expected' and that the fund suffered from being passed around a number of government departments

Today's Daily Mail front cover

Information Commissioner's Office to investigate Daily Mail allegations of privacy breaches at four large charities and a fundraising agency

The newspaper names the British Red Cross, Macmillan Cancer Support, the NSPCC and Oxfam, and says the agency GoGen was 'exploiting loopholes' in the Telephone Preference Service

The Budget

George Osborne should raise public awareness of Gift Aid and extend rate relief in Budget, sector leaders say

Figures including Debra Allcock Tyler of the Directory of Social Change and Tony Armstrong of Locality call on the Chancellor to introduce measures to help charities

Charity Commission

Regulator contacts Kids Company trustees to 'urgently assess' funding position

The Charity Commission acts after reports that Camila Batmanghelidjh, the charity's chief executive, was pressured by the government into stepping down

Bub wrote to the Chancellor

Sir Stephen Bubb says Budget must give charities a role in tackling extremism and creating full employment

The head of the charity chief executives organisation Acevo also says in a letter to Chancellor George Osborne that the Local Sustainability Fund should be doubled to £40m

Press regulator registers as CIC

New press regulator registers as community interest company

Impress: The Independent Monitor For The Press will receive financial backing from the Independent Press Regulation Trust, a charity that gained charitable registration last month

Camila Batmanghelidjh

Kids Company chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh to step down amid claims of government pressure

According to reports, the government would not give the charity more funding unless its founder and head relinquished her role


Amnesty International calls for inquiry into why GCHQ 'spied' on it

It was revealed this week that the security agency had illegally retained communications it had intercepted from Amnesty

Houses of Parliament

Charity Commission fees should apply only to charities with £1m-plus incomes, peer says

Baroness Pitkeathley, a Labour peer, was speaking at the House of Lords debate on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill

Andy Benson

Staff are afraid to speak out against charities' strategies, Andy Benson of NCIA says

Many people in the sector organisations feel isolated because they are out of step with the management attitude, Benson tells an NCIA meeting held in parliament

Charity Commission

Number of serious incidents reported to the Charity Commission rises by two-thirds over the past year

In its annual report, published today, the regulator says it received 2,129 reports by charities of serious incidents in 2014/15, up from 1,280 in the previous year

Charity Commission

Former trustees allowed charity's bank account to be used for unrelated appeal, Charity Commission inquiry finds

The regulator publishes its report into the Manchester-based My Community UK after concerns were raised about unauthorised private benefit and failures to manage conflicts of interest

Bill wending its way through parliament

Government rejects amendment to charities bill that would force charities to join FRSB

In a Lords debate on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill, Lord Bridges of Headley says this would lead to 'an irreversible slide to statutory regulation'