Monthly Archives: January 2015

The future looks bright for charities controlled by councils

Earlier this month the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator released its review of the operation of arms length external organisations, or charities that are subject to council control or influence. Although the report was initiated in response to concerns about potential risks to Aleos, it actually has a positive conclusion – namely that this… Read more »

Transparency and politics in think tanks and charities

The Centre for Policy Studies came out last month with a report criticising larger charities for a lack of transparency over the extent of their public funding. The CPS is the right-wing think tank set up by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph to champion the rolling back of the state. It reveals its bias with… Read more »

Does your charity do what it says on the tin?

In recent weeks, the news has been dominated by stories of A&E waiting times and pressure on the NHS. Pledges of additional funding and claims to be the only party who can tackle the problem are rife. But there is another side to the problem, which is the lack of funding for social care, which… Read more »

Why the new minister is good news for social enterprises

Rob Wilson, the new Minister for Civil Society, has now been in post since September but is he leading in the right direction for the sector and social entrepreneurs? I believe so.

Co-chairing: a win-win for charities?

  For the last five years, we have co-chaired the charity Grandparents Plus. A national charity which champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives, Grandparents Plus was founded by Jean with Michael Young – who had also founded the consumer charity Which? – in 2001.