The Charity Commission has proposed requiring charities to say how much they spend on campaigning activities, as part of changes to the annual return. The regulator has opened an eight-week consultation this and other proposed changes, which will come into force for returns due in 2015.
The government has announced that it will invest £60m in social ventures that are struggling to access investment. The scheme will target social ventures that could benefit from "business capacity building support" – such as short-term legal advice, governance restructuring or financial analysis.
Rules on charity shop tax relief will not be changed after the government rejected a recommendation from the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee. The committee had published a series of recommendations in March after it conducted an inquiry into the UK retail sector.
Tesco is seeking charity partners to receive £1.8m from its carrier bag levy. Charities who want to apply must be registered in the UK, with national coverage in Scotland or Wales, and deliver environmental projects on a national scale.
More than 70 charities and campaigning groups have expressed concern that the call by a Conservative MP for the Charity Commission to investigate a tweet by Oxfam is an attempt to "stifle" the sector. In a letter to The Times, organisations including Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth and Navca, say that the voluntary sector’s ability to speak out is already being hampered by the lobbying act.
The Institute of Fundraising has appointed Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising and supporter marketing at Cancer Research UK, as its chair-elect. Taylor, who has been an institute trustee for the past three years, will take over from Mark Astarita after its annual general meeting on 8 July and will serve a three-year term.
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