NAO to investigate Big Society Network grants again | Restrictions on rail station fundraising | Charities 'must record social media use'
17 October 2014
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The National Audit Office has opened a new investigation into the payment of grants to the defunct charity the Big Society Network, to determine whether the issues it uncovered in an earlier review indicated a "wider systemic problem". An NAO investigation published in July found that the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery Fund had failed to follow their own guidelines in the management of more than £2m of grants awarded to the BSN and the Society Network Foundation, the charity that owns it.
Fundraising at 1,000 railway stations in England and Wales will be restricted to charities that are members of the Fundraising Standards Board and file their annual returns on time with the Charity Commission, under a new scheme. The initiative was launched as part of an agreement between the Charity Commission, the FRSB and seven of the nation’s major rail and station operators.