Cameron announces £9m funding for Charity Commission | BeatBullying calls in administrators | Charity refuses proceeds from pro-Ukip song

Regulator postpones plan to add campaign spend question to annual return | Personal animosity is among fatal governance flaws, says report | DEC may launch Ebola appeal

David Cameron
David Cameron

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has announced £9m in new funding for the Charity Commission over the next three years. The regulator said in a statement that it would use the money to streamline its lower-risk work and improve its capacity to identify abuse and mismanagement in charities.

The anti-bullying charity BeatBullying is to call in administrators because of "significant financial difficulties". A source close to BeatBullying, who asked not to be named, said that the charity’s staff and arm’s-length contractors, such as counsellors and website moderators, had been receiving only half pay since August. 

The British Red Cross has refused to accept donations raised from a pro-Ukip song that was released and subsequently withdrawn by the radio DJ and presenter Mike Read. Read had intended to donate 50 per cent of the proceeds from Ukip Calypso to the BRC to help the fight against the Ebola outbreak, but the charity revealed on Twitter that it had turned down the offer because it "cannot benefit from something which overtly supports one political party". The charity also said that it "has a proud history of helping refugees and asylum seekers, who are negatively referred to in the lyrics."

The Charity Commission has postponed proposals to add a new question in the annual return asking charities how much money they spend on campaigning. Charity umbrella bodies welcomed the move not to add the question at the moment, but strongly criticised the regulator’s plan to return to the proposal in a year's time.

Personal animosity, fudging or avoiding key decisions and failing to agree for whom a charity works are among the five fatal flaws that recur in charity governance, according to a new guide from the Association of Chairs. A Chair’s Compass – A Guide for Chairs of Charities and Non-profit Organisations was launched at the final event of the Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme lecture and seminar series this week. 

 The Disasters Emergency Committee may launch an appeal for people affected by the Ebola crisis in west Africa. A spokesman confirmed that the DEC is in discussions with its 13 international aid agency members and its broadcaster partners, the BBC and ITN, with a view to potentially launching an appeal next week, but that not all member agencies had formally agreed to it yet.

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