Newmark resigns as charities minister | Government to review solicitation statements | Founder of Association of Volunteer Managers John Ramsey dies

Plus: IoF says cap on society lottery income should be raised to £100m | Mark Fisher appointed director of Office for Civil Society | RSPCA should consider pursuing fewer cases against hunts, says review

Brooks Newmark
Brooks Newmark

Brooks Newmark has resigned as charities minister before allegations that he sent an explicit picture of himself to a male reporter posing as a female Tory activist were published in a Sunday newspaper. He has been replaced by Rob Wilson, the Conservative MP for Reading East. The Directory of Social Change has criticised what it called "ministerial musical chairs", because Newmark had only been appointed to the role in July.

The Cabinet Office has announced that it will review its guidelines on solicitation statements for telephone and face-to-face fundraising next year. The department says it is likely to consult the Institute of Fundraising, the Fundraising Standards Board, the Charity Law Association and others.

John Ramsey, the founder of the Association of Volunteer Managers, has died of cancer. Ramsey, who was also a volunteering development manager at the charity Age UK, was described as "the embodiment of all that was good about our sector" by Justin Davis Smith of the NCVO.

The Institute of Fundraising has called for the income cap on society lotteries to be raised to £100m. In response to an inquiry by MPs, the IoF said that increasing the cap from the current £10m would be more economical, particularly for larger charities.

Mark Fisher has been appointed as the director of the Office for Civil Society. Fisher, who is currently social justice director at the Department for Work and Pensions, replaces Helen Stephenson, who moves to the Department for Education.

The RSPCA should set up an oversight group to scrutinise its private prosecutions and consider pursuing fewer cases against hunts and animal sanctuaries, an independent review has concluded. Stephen Wooler, a former chief inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service, was commissioned by the animal charity to review its private prosecutions after newspaper criticism. 

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