The charity Crimestoppers launched a Charity Fraud Line service on Tuesday (14th May) to take information anonymously from those who have knowledge or well-grounded suspicion that a member of a charity, be it management, staff or volunteers, may be acting dishonestly and committing fraud.
Crimestoppers news release, Charity Fraud Line website http://www.charityfraudline.co.uk or reporting phone number 08000 232 101.
Draft guidance from Scottish charity regulator OSCR on the role of charities in the independence referendum has been criticised as too long and confusing, and “fails to clarify the issue for trustees and actually muddies the water”. See Third Force News item. Responses to the draft had to be submitted by 15th May.
Meanwhile, the Institute of Fundraising has published a survey on possible impacts of Scottish independence on fundraising. Respondents found it easier to identify disadvantages than advantages.
Local government in Northern Ireland is to have power transferred to it dealing with planning, roads, urban regeneration, community development, housing, local economic development, tourism and sport, the EU Rural Development Programme and spot listing of buildings.
See CommunityNI news item.
Skills – Third Sector is inviting participation by charities and social enterprises in the design process for a new training and skills resource due to be launched in the autumn, currently called Skills Platform. It will enable comparisons of training and other skills support opportunities.
Check out http://www.theskillsplatform.org.
Unite the Union has a survey to look at how the current funding cuts to local authorities and voluntary sector organisations have been affecting playworkers, play provision and children. It builds on one carried out in July 2011.
Clinks and New Philanthropy Capital are working together until next April to support voluntary and community sector organisations working in criminal justice to improve their capacity to undertake and/or commission research and evaluation.
They are kicking off the project by asking such organisations to complete a short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/improvingyourevidence.
The Local Government Association has produced an analysis of responses to its recent consultation on publishing voluntary and community sector spending data, http://www.local.gov.uk/vcs-spending.
The TUC has added to its online guides on health and safety issues.
These include ‘Preventing aches and pains from using display screen equipment’ http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-22156-f0.cfm, and ‘New and expectant mothers at work’ http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-22167-f0.cfm. Also ‘Working in or near water, rivers and seas’ and ‘Working with animals’.