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- The Charities Aid Foundation has called on the Financial Services Authority to make charitable organisations a separate depositor class under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. CAF made the appeal in response to an FSA consultation on reform of the FSCS. John Low, chief executive of CAF, has previously criticised the scheme for not having a clear policy on charities (Third Sector Online, 4 February).

- The Ethical Property Foundation is holding an advice session on property-related challenges for third sector organisations in Bath on 29 April. The half-day seminar is being run with law firm Stone King Sewell and social lender Triodos Bank. For more information, email

- An ethical investment organisation is intending to launch the first-ever common investment fund specifically for corporate bonds. Epworth Investment Management is planning to launch the Affirmative Corporate Bond Fund next month, subject to approval by the Charity Commission.

- The 2009 conference for charity independent examiners will take place on 4 and 5 June at York Racecourse. It will provide updates on legal changes in areas including public benefit reporting, the Sorp and Gift Aid. Speakers include Debra Allcock Tyler, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change, and David Locke, executive director of charity services at the Charity Commission. For more information, visit

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