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The gathering clouds of the recession are the key theme in this week's magazine, starting with a front-page story about finance chiefs of big charities making contingency plans for budget cuts of up to ten per cent.

The theme continues with a prediction from fundraisers that arts, culture, overseas development and animals are the causes that will find it harder to maintain their income as the recession takes hold. Another story reveals a plea for greater resources for charity helplines already experiencing a surge in calls about debt and depression.

This week's commentator Craig Dearden-Phillips takes a more sanguine view of the sector's growing economic woes, arguing that it could have some good effects in the longer term. Let's raise a glass to the recession, he concludes.

On other fronts we have the latest news about the financial affairs of the after-school childcare charity Catz Club and Age Concern England incurring a further £1.7m of exceptional costs for its ailing membership organisation Heyday. This is linked to a two page feature in which we interview the chairs of Age Concern and Help the Aged about the forthcoming merger of the two charities. They are upbeat.

Finally, there are, as ever, six pages of helpful and useful articles in the At Work section, and an uplifting spread of pictures from Third Sector's Britain's Most Admired Charity awards, announced last week at a high-rise reception at Barclays in Canary Wharf.

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