• April 8, 2018

    An online survey is being used to assess the impact of the Lobbying Act on campaigning organisations in the charity and voluntary sector.

  • January 29, 2018

    The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport has selected Conservative peer Baroness Stowell as his preferred candidate for the Charity Commission Chair.

  • November 15, 2017

    The Fire Brigades Union has raised serious concerns over a £2.5 million donation for the purchase of two extended height aerial vehicles. 

  • December 26, 2014

    Due not least to the ubiquity of 'Downton Abbey' on television this Christmas (no, I don't, since you ask) many more people will be aware – if they weren't already – of the background to Boxing Day (26 December).

  • December 20, 2014

    I’ve been re-reading ‘A Christmas Carol’, and the way it resonates with present day Britain is quite remarkable. As Christmas approaches, Scrooge sits in his counting house, as he does every day, obsessed with his accounts and balancing the books, untouched and unmoved by the poverty all around him.

  • November 7, 2014

    Imagine if all the foodbanks in the UK closed tomorrow. The result would be pretty dreadful. Shoplifting for food, already on the rise, would no doubt increase further. Hospital admissions due to malnutrition and related illnesses would surely increase even more, as would begging. Some people, like diabetic David Clapson, would simply die quietly at home, in a house with no food.

  • June 9, 2014

    According to statistics released by the BBC yesterday (8 June), people who practise a religion are more likely to say they have given to charity in the last month than those who don't.

  • January 15, 2014

    There has been a united, determined campaign against the gagging impact of the Lobbying Bill on the part of voluntary groups and NGOs. Some will therefore think it a shame that a minority of charities, and the Charities Aid Foundation, have at this late stage chosen the path of seeking exemptions for themselves rather than focussing on the wider considerations.

  • March 9, 2013

    Two 84-year-old twins are teaming up for a charity skydive to raise money for the churches' international development charity Christian Aid.

  • February 8, 2013

    For several weeks at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron has been asked about foodbanks. Each week he has had a request by an MP to visit a foodbank in their constituency, to speak to the people who run them, and to the people who rely on them to feed themselves and their families.