Tories pledge paid volunteering leave | Donations totalled £10.6bn last year | CRUK's Taylor to be executive director of Which?

Plus: Steadfast Trust appeals against removal of charitable status | Consumer's Association sets aside £1.4m in bonuses for four managers | Adrian Sargeant steps down as IoF trustee

David Cameron's Conservative party have pledged to give extra paid leave for volunteering
David Cameron's Conservative party have pledged to give extra paid leave for volunteering

About 15 million workers would be allowed to take three days paid leave each year to volunteer if the Conservatives were to win the election, the party has pledged. Every employee of a company with more than 250 staff and every public sector worker would be entitled to the time off.

Charitable giving by adults in the UK was £10.6bn in 2014, according to research from the Charities Aid Foundation. The figure in CAF’s annual UK Giving 2014 study was £200m less than the corresponding figure the previous year, but CAF says that the two figures cannot be compared because a new research methodology was adopted in 2013.

Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising and supporter marketing at Cancer Research UK, has been appointed as an executive director at the consumer charity Which? Taylor, who will continue as chair of the Institute of Fundraising, told Third Sector that he would take up the newly created role in August after a six-month notice period at CRUK.

The Steadfast Trust, a deregistered charity that identifies its beneficiaries as "members of the Anglo-Saxon community", has lodged a charity tribunal appeal against the Charity Commission’s decision to remove its charitable status.

The Consumers’ Association, the charity behind the Which? publications and brand, has set aside bonus payments totalling more than £1.4m for four senior staff members, its latest accounts show. Under the plan, four senior members of its commercial team could double their salaries if they exceed growth targets for the three-year period to the end of June 2015.

The fundraising academic Adrian Sargeant has resigned as trustee of the Institute of Fundraising less than two years after he was elected to the board for a three-year term. Sargeant, who is a professor of fundraising at Plymouth University and a director of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, told Third Sector that he stepped down as a trustee in order to concentrate his efforts on the research centre, which he runs with his wife, Jen Shang.

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