At large: 'Oooh... look who made a surprise appearance at the commission'

Theresa May pops in to give a speech. Plus: wealth screening and data protection; Prison Architect turns red to green after the British Red Cross intervenes

May: 'shared society' speech at regulator's meeting
May: 'shared society' speech at regulator's meeting

There has been some discreet preening at the Charity Commission over the Prime Minister's agreement to deliver her "shared society" speech at its recent annual public meeting.

There were warm words from her about helping charities to thrive - and the ritual warning about poor fundraising - and lots of TV airtime for that (frankly, rather bland) new commission logo. Worth noting, perhaps, that Theresa May's team of advisers in Downing Street includes Rupert Oldham-Reid, who until six months ago was assisting the commission chair William Shawcross.

In his introduction to the PM, Shawcross said two charity chief executives had come up to him in the lobby and said how right he was to push for charities to be charged for regulation: only way the commission could survive, etc. Third Sector's reporter mused on Twitter whether chiefs opposed to charging had also made their views known to him, whereupon two tweeted back that they had done exactly that. Some selective reporting here? A third tweeter sagely pointed out that it's hard to know the balance of opinion because no one's done a survey.

Prestigious national charitable museums and theatre companies have long used wealth screening to help them identify major donors, and At Large understands that some big names have now stopped and are despondently anticipating that their income will fall. This follows the Information Commissioner's ruling that such screening infringes data-protection rules, fear of which has replaced the dread in the sector of the Fundraising Preference Service - the latter has, to general relief, been watered down. This contentious ruling is sure to be challenged from the floor at a conference on 21 February, organised by the ICO with the Fundraising Regulator and the Charity Commission to throw some light on the confusion haunting data use.

Prison Architect, a computer game from Introversion Software, has had a letter from the British Red Cross warning that its unauthorised use of the protected red cross emblem is a breach of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957. Ambulances and backpacks in the game featured a red cross only five pixels wide, which the developer has now, with some harrumphing, changed to green. It is quoted in PC Gamer complaining that it is being singled out and questioning whether enforcement action is a good use of charitable funds. At Large's in-house gaming buff says the red cross has often been used to denote sources of healing "but maybe the BRC didn't play those games ...".

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