News in brief

The Fundraising Standards Board has appointed a compliance consultant to handle and resolve complaints from members of the public.

She is Jo Whyte, a former director of public and legal affairs at the Direct Marketing Association.

Charity Trustee Networks has launched a free membership scheme for individual trustees. Trusteenet is a networking website that gives members the use of a forum, an events diary, a resource library and a benefits scheme. The site is also designed to encourage trustees to join together to lobby government.

Peter Cardy, outgoing chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, has been appointed chief executive of the Department for Transport's Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Cardy, who has led the cancer charity for five years, is a keen yachtsman and has more than 30 years of experience in senior executive positions. He will replace the agency's acting chief executive, John Astbury, who is due to retire in May.

The Alzheimer's Society intends to mount a High Court challenge to a decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to recommend the use of three drugs only for the treatment of people who have moderate cases of the disease. The society wants this extended so that people in the early or late stages of Alzheimer's can be treated with the drugs.

A company that falsely claimed that profits from advertising on its wall planners would go to charity has been closed by the Government's insolvency service. A spokeswoman for the service said that Jones & McGovern in Manchester, which is now in liquidation, had not intended to give the money to good causes.

The Institute of Fundraising has awarded its first honorary fellowship to Andrew Watt, its former director of policy. Watt is currently vice president of international development at the Association of Fundraising Professionals in the US.

The Community Channel
has made a deal to work with Oxfam for the first time. In January, the channel will show three short films about Oxfam's work.

The Scottish Executive is proposing that charities in Scotland with incomes of more than £250,000 should be required to advertise in the national press at a cost of up to £5,000 if they want to change their charitable objectives.

The Charity Commission has rejected calls by Redcar and Cleveland Council for a full investigation into the RNLI's decision to close a recently built £357,000 lifeboat centre at Teesmouth.

A Women's Resource Centre
survey of UK women's voluntary groups has found that 18,000 of them, or 63 per cent of the total, could be forced to close in the next two years because of a lack of funds.

The Third Sector European Network
is pressing the Government to set up a voluntary sector body to administer European structural funds. The Government had planned to channel the money through statutory agencies such as job centres.

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