Commission investigates Lord Lawson charity | New fundraising code from IoF comes into effect

Plus: More supporters opt out of Save the Children communications | High pay undermining charity, warns Gareth Morgan | Shakespeare land sale was legal | HCT lands £10m investment

The Charity Commission is looking into Lord Lawson’s think tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, after it was claimed that one of its advisers offered to write a paper for a fake oil company and pass it off as independent through the charity’s review process.

A significant number of Save the Children supporters chose to opt out from receiving its communications after it changed the nature of its consent messages, according to written evidence submitted to MPs.

Failure to address high staff pay is among the issues that could spell the end of the charity sector, Professor Gareth Morgan of Sheffield Hallam University has warned.

Fundraisers have until June to comply with the Institute of Fundraising’s code changes on opt-in and opt-out statements, it has announced.

The Charity Commission has ruled that the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust did have the power to sell land near the house where William Shakespeare’s wife was born after being alerted to the charity’s plans by a member of the public.

The social enterprise bus operator the HCT Group has raised £10m from institutional investors and lenders in a deal it said says is the largest of its kind in the UK impact investment sector.

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