Third Sector Podcast: News round-up 12 March 2021

This week's episode looks at charity sector news from the past 10 days

This week, features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney and editor Emily Burt discuss what's been happening in the charity sector over the past 10 days.

They chat about what the Spring Budget offered charities and the sector's response to it, as well as Kevin Watkins's planned departure from Save the Children and Cancer Research UK's move to halve its senior leadership team.

They also look at the fall in popularity of children's charities among the general public, and the news that that charity shops could be able to access up to £9m in additional grant funding after the government lifted allowance limits that were capped by outdated European Union state aid rules. More information on how to access the extra funding can be found here.

And they share their coronavirus care package - good news stories from the sector this week.

This week the list includes: 

  • Sydney the mini Australian labradoodle who, along with her human Wendy Farrington, trudged 100 miles through 12 inches of snow in New York to help support East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. 
  • The news that Banksy's painting of a young boy ditching his Batman and Spider-Man action figures for a caped superhero nurse is going to be auctioned, and is expected to raise more than £3m to be donated to NHS charities. 

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