LURKING DANGER

Convictions for animal cruelty and neglect increased by a third between 2011 and 2012, according to the RSPCA which says it is struggling to cope with what it calls “the growing animal cruelty crisis” According to RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant judges need to take cases of abuse far more seriously than they currently do.

There is a view that those who are cruel to vulnerable animals will also have the capacity for cruelty to vulnerable people, including children, a view backed by research into the records of violent criminals, who will often have early convictions for animal cruelty. Continue reading

MIS-USES OF CHARITIES

Charities used for avoidance of tax, and business rates have been in the news recently.

The Cup Trust was opened in the British Virgin Islands in 2009 but closed by a judge after it emerged that it had raised £176 million but only given £55,000 to good causes. HM Revenue and Customs have told the public accounts committee of MPs that it investigates more than 300 such schemes every year, suggesting that the Cup Trust is just one of many using charities to cloak their real purpose. Continue reading

BANKING ON BEING FED

According to the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food crisis charity the number of people getting help from their food banks tripled to 350,000 since last year and was 100,000 more than expected.

The trust, which has 345 food banks is opening another three every week but says that up to 650 more will be needed nationwide to cope with the increased demand. This commonly is coming from people who have had their benefit reduced, or cut in the government’s reforms to welfare, as well as those whose benefit payments have been delayed, and the self-employed whose businesses are in trouble because of late or non-payment by customers. According to the Dept. for Work and Pensions the increases are also due to jobcentres referring people to food banks, and the greater awareness of them due to the successful marketing of them. Continue reading

UNFASHIONABLE ETHICS

Despite the best efforts of charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) real fur, skinned from real animals and some alive at the time, is back in fashion for the rich.

According to a happy Frank Zilberkweit, head of fur designer and retailer Hockley, real fur is back and Harrods, for those who can afford to shop there is going to be “awash with fur” from next month, owing to greatly increased demand from lucrative Asian markets which has pushed up the profit in skinning mink and fox as well as a billion rabbits and two million cats and dogs.

Ethics, for some, will always take second place to fashion.

BEEB AT BAY

The BBC has apologised to military charity Help for Heroes over a “flawed report” on its Newsnight programme which it has now admitted was “misleading” and “unfair”.

The report was screened last August and accused the charity of mishandling some of the £150 million it has raised by being “too cosy” with the Ministry of Defence. Complaints by the charity got nowhere until, three months later, the same team on Newsnight accused Lord McAlpine of being a paedophile, without proof, and was forced by a court to pay £185,000 in damages.

This, along with the criticism that Newsnight was getting for dropping their report into Jimmy Savile, persuaded Help for Heroes to ask the BBC to examine their complaint more seriously.

FUTURE UNCERTAN

Charities relying on the patronage of the Prince of Wales are concerned for their future if and when their patron accedes to the throne.(i newspaper)

For convention dictates that the Monarch does not actively raise money for any institution and this could leave 13 of the Prince’s charities – including the Princes Trust, Business in the Community and In Kind Direct – struggling to sustain a combined income of £100 million.

Charity Matters June/July 2013 ISSUE 49

LURKING DANGER Convictions for animal cruelty and neglect increased by a third between 2011 and 2012, according to the RSPCA which says it is struggling to cope…

MIS-USES OF CHARITIES Charities used for avoidance of tax, and business rates have been in the news recently…

BANKING ON BEING FED According to the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food crisis charity the number of people getting help from their food banks tripled to 350,000 …

UNFASHIONABLE ETHICS Despite the best efforts of charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) real fur, skinned from real animals and some alive at the time, is back in fashion for the rich.

BEEB AT BAY The BBC has apologised to military charity Help for Heroes over a “flawed report” on its Newsnight programme which it has now admitted was …

FUTURE UNCERTAN Charities relying on the patronage of the Prince of Wales are concerned for their future if and when their patron accedes to the throne…

Event Organisers Update ISSUE 105 June 2013

LOSSES AND DEPARTURES AT MEETINGS SHOW UK FIRM Two senior executives at publishers Centaur Media have left following a slump in ad and recruitment…

HOTEL GRIPES Two readers responded to our Hotel Gripes Survey as follows…

NO PHONE RIP-OFFS AT HEADINGLEY LODGE One pleasant surprise we found at the Headingley Lodge hotel at Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, was that telephone calls …

LONDON BUZZ One central London hotel that has spaces for events from 10 to 1200 delegates, and a honey farm, is the four-star Lancaster London, at Lancaster Gate…

RELAX AND REFLECT IN YORK One country house hotel we feel is made for relaxing and reflecting is Middlethorpe Hall and Spa, located next to the racecourse in York…

A SUMMER SPIN AROUND ESSEX A free familiarisation visit for organisers to some Essex venues and attractions is being organised by Visit Essex for Wednesday July…

MEET ON OXFORD STREET An open day for organisers is being held by MSE Meeting Rooms, Oxford Street, London on Thursday June 13th…

MEET AND EAT A free all you can eat buffet breakfast for delegates is included in an offer of meeting rooms in London from budget chain Travelodge…

ALICANTE UPDATE A recent trip to Alicante, stylish coastal capital of the Spanish Costa Blanca, yielded some more impressive venues for conferences, meetings…

June 2013 films to watch

AFTER EARTH – SonyPics

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.