The Government has backed credit unions and other third sector lenders as a major part of a strategy to improve financial inclusion in rural areas. Providing access to credit unions and lenders is one of the strategy's key goals, according to the Commission for Rural Communities document on financial inclusion, Rural Money Matters, published this month.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has named the highest achievers this year in its Diploma in Charity Accounting. The highest mark was for Marina Philips, deputy chief executive and finance director of St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney, London. Awards for achieving the diploma through excellence also went to Nick Brooks, head of not-for-profit at accountancy firm Kingston Smith, and Keith Hickey, chief executive of the Charity Finance Directors' Group.
The Development Trusts Association annual conference takes place from 13 to 15 September in London. The conference's keynote speakers include Clifford Rosenthal from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions in the US.