Charity Matters Jun/Jul 2018 ISSUE 79

HEARTLESS FRAUD Charitable donations and public money has been sponged up by fraudsters claiming to have been involved in the Greenfell Tower tragedy, to get …

NO ONE TO TURN TO A report for Save The Children into the abuse of children by charity aid workers, No One To Turn To, contains horrific accounts of instances …

NICE WORK Fundraising companies are doing rather well out of charities that employ them and their teams of “chuggers” (charity muggers). A report last month in the …

DEATH OF RSPCA SAVIOUR An RSPCA inspector died trying to save 40 gannets that had been trapped on a rock at Porthchapel Beach, Cornwall during Storm Imogen in …

BIAS COULD LOSE CHARITY STATUS The Legatum Institute, a charity think tank, has been warned by the Charity Commission that it could lose its charitable status if …

KNOW YOUR KNOTWEED Conservation charity Plantlife has issued some information about Japanese knotweed following research which showed that less than 20% of …

NO SKINNY-DIPPING The National Trust has issued warnings based on Health and Safety to members of the public seen swimming naked in its lakes at Woodchester …

Charity Matters Apr/May 2018 ISSUE 78

DAZED AND CONFUSED Some small charities in the sector admit that they are unsure whether or not they are compliant with the new GDPR standards (General Data …

RNIB INVESTIGATED Investigations are taking place at the Royal National Institute for Blind People’s (RNIB) Pears Centre for Specialist Learning near Coventry following a …

CHARITIES TOO? The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is set to get new powers to hold directors of nuisance call companies personally liable for payment of …

BLIND STUPIDITY? Two in three of the UK’s health trusts are ignoring new orders to offer cataract surgery to all those sufferers whose doctors believe they would benefit…

FILLING THEIR BOOTS FROM CHARITY A charitable scheme to supply cars for disabled people in exchange for their state disability allowance has been slammed …

KILL A BADGER FOR £50 A new government scheme has been launched to kill badgers, a protected species, in areas of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) outbreaks, even …

CHARITY OFFICER JAILED A jail sentence of one year has been given to a charity finance officer who stole more than £53,000. Gemma Mason, 36, bought more than …

DO AS WE SAY, NOT DO The Church of England has been accused of hypocrisy for attacking greedy City bonus cultures after it has emerged that their charity …

Charity Matters Feb/Mar 2018 ISSUE 77

DAMAGE The charity sector has suffered considerable and probably permanent damage due to the recent slew of sleaze allegations aimed at a few large …

WILL THEY/WONT THEY? In the wake of the collapse of the President’s Club after a stag event at which female hostesses were groped and propositioned and sex …

PROBE AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL The management of the Royal Albert Hall is to face an overdue and judge-led inquiry later this year into why the charity allows its …

BETTING FRENZY ENDANGERING CHILDREN The number of advertisements for betting firms during sports matches, and the number of sports pundits extolling … 

BETTING FUNDED BY FRAUD The chief executive of an animal shelter who plundered donations of £640,000 in nine years to fund his online gambling habit …

IS THAT FAUX FUR OR FOX FUR YOU ARE WEARING? Tests carried out by the Humane Society UK have revealed that real animal for is being misleadingly passed …

THERESA GETS IT RIGHT, FOR MOST The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed the U-turn by Theresa May over her promise of an MP’s vote on …

Charity Matters Dec 2017/Jan 2018 ISSUE 76

GROOMING CHILDREN Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are making it easier for perverts to target children and groom them for … 

PRISON IF YOU GET IT WRONG A sad case of a vulnerable woman in her 50’s and in bad health being jailed for non-payment of council tax of £700, including fines …

DANGEROUS AND MISGUIDED Charities working with domestic abuse have criticised a campaign by Essex police which offered extra support to those over 55 who were …

VILE TRADE LEGAL IN SOUTH AFRICA Around 800 lions in South Africa have been taken from their mothers at a few days old, while still blind, and reared to be petted …

STEAL £1.3 MILLION – PAY BACK £51,745 A trusted boss of Welsh homeless charity who stole £1.3 million to fund a lavish lifestyle has been jailed for five years and …

UNSUSTAINABLE EATING Research by the food charity Sustain has revealed that some of the UK’s largest contract caterers are serving fish deemed by the Marine …

Charity Matters Oct/Nov 2017 ISSUE 75

EXPOSING SLAVERY In conjunction with the government’s anti-slavery units the London Evening Standard has issued readers with key signs for the public to look…

MORE PRISON FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY OFFENCES The RSPCA has welcomed the government announcement that the current maximum term of six months in prison …

CARE CRISIS Charities concerned with the care of the elderly have warned of the frightening extent of the crisis in the care home sector. A report by the Care Quality …

ONLINE PORNOGRAPHY BLAMED Charities have blamed the easy availability of online pornography for the revelations that child on child sexual assaults have …

MORE ON KID’S COMPANY “Unethical journalists” who conspired against her and “politicians who don’t know what is happening on the street” have been blamed for …

BAG BAN Charity collection bags posted through householder’s letterboxes are now banned, if the householder displays a sign advising charities the bags are unwanted…

A CHARITABLE CHANCELLOR? Chancellor Philip Hammond could face questions over his moral integrity after he shelved a review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals …

Charity Matters Aug/Sep 2017 ISSUE 74

RACIAL OR RACIST? Telling the truth and siding with justice can be tough calls in the UK when they involve racial aspects. Ask Labour MP for Rotherham Sarah …

SAD IT HAS TO BE The stupid and thoughtless actions of a few charities have now made it harder for all to fundraise. The Fundraising Preference Service allows any …

CURBING ABATTOIR CRUELTYCCTV cameras are to be installed in all slaughterhouses, to ensure that animals to be killed are treated with compassion …

SICK TV DROPPED Stan Kroenke, the American billionaire who owns 67% of Arsenal Football club has swiftly shelved plans to run a subscription bloodsports channel …

CHARITY THIEF SPARED JAIL A manager at the Simon Community charity for the homeless has been spared jail after stealing nearly £10,000 from his employer …

BREACHED FOX HUNTING LAWS The first convictions for breaching fox hunting laws in Scotland have been handed down to a father and son team. John Clive …

MOVING ON The head of the National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh, 51, is leaving the UK’s biggest charity after a controversial five year tenure to become master of …

TALLY HO HO HO Could we ever see a situation where those who hunt, and/or support the hunts are placed on a special animal cruelty register, flagging them up as …

Charity Matters Jun/Jul 2017 ISSUE 73

SOME REAL CHARITY “Charity begins at home” runs the saying, and no better example of this in action can be found than the speedy actions of hundreds of …

LOW According to the Charity Fraud Line the number of frauds perpetrated on charities has increased by 30% in three years, with analysts claiming that more than £2 billion …

MISGUIDED? Claims that refugee charities are paying criminal gangs of people traffickers to ferry desperate migrants to their rescue boats moored off Libya have …

CLEAN UP AT PETPLAN The RSPCA has welcomed moves by specialist pet insurer Petplan to dump its online-only dog breeder approval scheme and carry out …

FINES FOR FACEBOOK? The NSPCC has called for heavy fines for Facebook and other social network companies if they fail to delete content that could harm children …

TUTOR STOLE FOR GIRLFRIEND A Muslim I.T. tutor stole from his charity employer to pay for hotel stays with his secret Christian girlfriend. Inner London crown court …

SOME GOOD FROM BRAVE REMORSE A dog-owner who was prosecuted after his three dogs died when left in his car without water or ventilation for five hours has told …

Charity Matters Apr/May 2017 ISSUE 72

CRUELTY HIGHLIGHTED Animal abusers could face far more severe sentences if a Private Member’s Bill presented by Redcar Labour Co-operative MP Anna Turley is …

ETHICAL LAPSE Following a two year investigation the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has now fined some of Britain’s largest and best-regarded charities for …

ROYAL BOOST FOR MENTAL HEALTH Public awareness of mental health issues has been increased by the admission by Prince Harry to anti-suicide charity CALM …

FAMILY FUN DAY TO HELP PAEDOPHILES CRITICISED The Safer Living Foundation, which works to rehabilitate paedophiles, has been criticised for organising a Family Fun …

KIDS CO DISQUALIFICATIONS The Insolvency Service has warned all former directors of the collapsed Kids Company charity that they could face disqualification …

WHY? A Bedfordshire charity, Preen, has been the target of mindless and disgusting vandalism over the Easter holiday. Persons unknown broke into the Biggleswade …

JUST POCKETING AGAIN JustGiving, the charity donations website that makes £20 million a year from donor’s generosity has been criticised for refusing to waive its 5% …

Charity Matters Feb/Mar 2017 ISSUE 71

SICKENING ECHO OF HOLOCAUST Amnesty International have provided photographic and witness evidence that between 2011 and 2015 Syrian president …

SEX ABUSE IN FOOTBALL Another one hundred football clubs have been named in Operation Hydrant, the police investigation looking at cases of sex abuse in football…

OWN GOALS Ex-England football captain David Beckham has been accused of using his work for charity as part of a campaign to win a knighthood after emails between …

DARK NET Extreme internet pornography is being blamed for the doubling of criminal convictions for rape by those aged under 17 in the last four years. Recent cases …

DON’T DO AS I DO The married head of the Care4Calais charity set up to help migrants had an affair with one, despite preaching that her charity’s strict policy was “no …

MORE HOMELESS Shelter has revealed that two London families an hour are made homeless. The charity has predicted that 1260 families in the capital will lose their home …

MUSICAL SUPPORT FOR CHARITY An opera singer is donating some of the profits from the sales of her CD to the Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis charity after her 78 year…

TIME TO DO IT YOURSELVES The donations website JustGiving has been accused of greed as figures reveal that it makes £20 million a year and pays one of its founders a …

Charity Matters Dec 2016 Jan 2017 ISSUE 70

LETTING THE SECTOR DOWN The warning of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that charities risked becoming a dirty word has gained substance after the ICO …

LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Age UK have revealed that nearly a million elderly 60+ people will suffer chronic loneliness this festive season while most other folk are …

CARE HOMES PROBE The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are now carrying out an investigation into care homes. This follows complaints of unfair treatment of …

AID COMPANY CONCOCTS TESTIMONIALS A major player in the charitable distribution of hundreds of millions of pounds worth of foreign aid supplied by the …

IT’S A MIXED UP WORLD The number of children calling NSPCC charity Childline about gender identity has tripled in the last three years, to 2796 in the year to March 2016 …

FRAUDSTER SPARED JAIL A woman who fraudulently claimed money from the Cumbria Community Foundation charity has been given a suspended sentence …

COPYING THE CORPORATES It is a pity someone at the otherwise excellent Art Fund has decided the charity will behave like a big, bad company and suggest donors pay for …