Sector reaction: The civil society strategy “could have gone further”

The new civil society strategy is an encouraging start, but it “could have gone further” in clearly setting the government’s role in a number of charitable areas and releasing dormant assets, the sector has claimed.

The government today published the highly-anticipated civil society strategy, announcing a number of changes to "strengthen the organisations, which hold our society together”.

Charging charities won’t solve regulator’s “budget headache”, says DSC

A decision to force charities to pay for the Charity Commission’s services to help plug its current budget gap is “short-sighted” and “counter-productive”, the Directory of Social Change has argued.

The Charity Commission’s budget has been slashed from £40m down to £21m in recent years, triggering a debate around how the regulator should seek to plug the gap.

UK-based health charities announce merger to 'expand reach'

Reminiscence arts charity Age Exchange has merged with health and social care charity, Community Integrated Care.

The new merger aims to enable Age Exchange to benefit from Community Integrated Care’s infrastructure to grow its organisation and increase its reach. It also aims to enable CIC to elevate its existing dementia services and expand its offer to include Age Exchange’s reminiscence and dementia services.

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Relate appoints new CEO

Relationship support charity Relate has appointed Aidan Jones OBE as its new chief executive.

Jones was previously executive director of WorldSkills and prior to that, he held the role of chief operating officer at the World Scout Bureau. He will take up the role on 3 September.

Regulator appoints interim manager of animal charity amid governance concerns

The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager at Capricorn Animal Rescue and Sanctuary amid concerns about the charity’s governance and management.

Interim managers are appointed to take over the running of a charity where the Commission has identified misconduct or mismanagement, or if there is a need to protect the charity’s property.

Aid sector verging on 'complicit' in sexual abuse 'endemic', report find

Sexual exploitation and abuse among the charity sector has been ongoing for a 'long time' and the sector is guilty of being almost 'complicit' in the scandal, a scathing report by MPs has revealed.

Bowel cancer charities unveil new branding post-merger

Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, who merged earlier this year, has unveiled its new branding, revealing the new charity will be called Bowel Cancer UK.

The charity, which merged in January 2018, will carry the strapline Beating bowel cancer together.

Charities must do more than box-ticking against legal duties, says regulator

The charity sector must go further than “simple box-ticking” against their legal duties in order to improve safeguarding, the Charity Commission has said.In response to a report published today by the International Development Committee among sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector, the regulator said charities should be judged “not just by what they do or achieve, but by how they go about it”.

Peter Lewis: Safeguarding the future for charities

"Rules and regulations are essential in setting clear requirements and holding organisations to account if things go wrong, but they can only go so far. Without the right values, culture, and behaviours being set and lived by each and every charity, the safeguarding of everyone who comes into contact with our fundraising activities cannot be achieved."

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