The founder and three other former executives of BeatBullying set up a new company one week after the collapsed charity went into liquidation. Digital Impacts, which delivers public services online, lists the founder and former chief executive of BB Emma-Jane Cross as its managing director, and former BB directors Sarah Dyer, Ross Banford and Mark Allison as the other directors.
The government is planning a £100m endowment fund to help charities attract social investment and win public service contracts over the next 10 years. The endowment, announced by Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, would consist partly of the £60m of repayments of loans made by the now defunct Futurebuilders Fund. The remaining £40m would come from the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital, the social investment wholesaler.
Society lotteries raised a record £175m for good causes in 2013/14, which according to the Gambling Commission is an increase of £22m on the previous year. Clive Mollett, chair of the Lotteries Council, said he hoped that the latest results would demonstrate that a growing society lottery sector represented no threat to the National Lottery and was "firmly in the national interest".
A Labour government would reverse recent changes to judicial review, according to Lisa Nandy, the shadow minister for civil society. Nandy also told Third Sector that government commitment to the Compact would also be revived under Labour.
Proposed new powers for the Charity Commission are "must-haves" for the prevention of terrorism, according to senior police figures. Officers giving evidence to MPs and peers scrutinising the draft Protection of Charities Bill also said the measures would help to combat financial crime.
Anti-terror legislation could hamper charities’ aid efforts in areas controlled by terrorist or other groups banned under UK law, according to Hany El-Banna, chair of the Muslim Charities Forum and the founder of Islamic Relief. El-Banna told the parliamentary joint committee scrutinising the draft Protection of Charities Bill that charities need guidance on whether they should risk working with these banned groups in order to gain access to communities in need, and whether this might result in them potentially being labelled as collaborating with terrorists.
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