The government’s plans to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants "distorts the charitable objectives of housing associations", according to the Labour peer Baroness Hollis of Heigham. Speaking in a debate in the House of Lords on Monday, Hollis told peers that housing associations "have come from the charitable sector to build social housing for those unable either to rent or to buy". She added: "As a result, this policy is morally wrong, it distorts the charitable objectives of housing associations and it is financially illiterate."
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the chief executives body Acevo announced plans to work together to promote the positive impact of the voluntary sector among the public and journalists. A statement from the two umbrella organisations said a meeting of the chairs, vice-chairs and chief executives of the bodies last week decided to coordinate several existing projects to promote the positive role of the sector in society and to develop new initiatives.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of collapsed Kids Company, and its former chairman Alan Yentob, were grilled about the charity's failure by members of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee in Westminster on Thursday. During the lengthy and dramatic hearing, Batmanghelidjh revealed she had agreed with the government to sell her flat if she failed to raise the £8m it was believed was necessary to keep the charity going.
The sale of two rare Ferraris raised £8.5m for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution this week. The sportscars - a 1960 red 250 GT SWB and a silver 1967 275 GTB/4 - were left to the rescue charity by Northamptonshire-based businessman Richard Colton followng his death in March at the age of 82. Both cars sold at an auction held at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire.
The disability charity Scope appointed Mark Atkinson, its interim chief executive, to the permanent role this week. Atkinson, who joined the charity in October 2013 as director of external affairs, was appointed interim chief executive in June after the departure of Richard Hawkes, who left in May amid a review of the charity’s direction.
The Advertising Standards Authority rejected complaints about an advert by the charity Karma Nirvana, which featured an image of a woman with a transparent plastic bag over her head. On Wednesday, the ASA announced it had rejected six complaints against an advert published in Metro as part of the Remember Shafilea campaign to raise awareness of so-called honour killings.
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