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Good management of a charity’s finances and other assets enables it to succeed in delivering its charitable aims.

To achieve this, trustees must properly supervise their resources and satisfy themselves that they have:

  • realistic funding plans and strategies
  • effective management controls and systems
  • planned for their charity’s assets and resources to be used in the best possible way for their beneficiaries

Getting this right can be very rewarding. It shows the valuable and visible results of a trustee’s commitment to their charity, beneficiaries and supporters. The Commission recognises the commitment that this requires of trustees, and the challenges they can face in serving their charities well. Trustees can delegate tasks to suitably qualified staff and/or volunteers but, whatever the arrangements, proper oversight and monitoring are vital.

Charities vary greatly in size, scale and how they operate and so trustees must decide what is reasonable, proportionate and appropriate for their charity. While common legal duties apply to all charities, how trustees interpret good practice will depend on individual circumstances.

As the charity regulator, the Commission expects trustees to take their responsibilities seriously. Trustees are not expected to be perfect – they are expected to do their best to comply with their duties. The Commission recognises that most trustees are volunteers who sometimes make honest mistakes: where they have acted honestly and reasonably, they are generally protected under the law.


Source: *Charity finances: trustee essentials – GOV.UK

*Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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This week we delivered our biggest ever petition, which called to close the autism employment gap, to Disabilities Minister Penny Mordaunt MP. This petition, signed by nearly 30,000 of you, was handed in by Cheryl Gillian MP, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on

Autism, alongside a number of autistic adults.

Source: We went to Parliament – The National Autistic Society

Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan Social care in England is at risk of imminent collapse in the worst affected areas unless urgent steps are taken to address the crisis engulfing the sector, Age UK has warned. The charity’s latest report on the healthcare of older people calls for a cash injection into the adult social care system in the spring budget and the development of a long-term solution to a problem that will otherwise become more acute. Analysis previously published by Age UK suggests almost 1.2 million people aged 65 and over do not receive the care and support they need with essential daily activities such as eating, dressing and bathing. That figure has shot up by 17.9% in just a year and almost by 50% since 2010, with nearly one in eight now living with some level of unmet need, it says. Age UK’s charity director, Caroline Abrahams, said the report makes for “frightening reading”, adding:

Source: English social care system for elderly facing ‘complete collapse’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

We interview disability rights activist Simon Stevens, who has cerebral palsy, about campaigning to make disabled people heard.

Source: We talk to a disability rights activist who’s not afraid to make his voice heard

National charity call follows the publication of NAO report, which highlights the failure of the ‘Better Care Fund’

Source: Sense calls for urgent investment into social care and new approach to health & social care integration | Care Industry News

Charities provide an essential service within their charity remit. At times this is the only lifeline which is available to the vulnerable persons which the respective charity supports.

Most persons will know the major charities who often contact people direct after you have completed one of their surveys, some other link or made a donation. But there are many local charities who do not do this and funding is required for them to exist. In many instances if these local charities did not exist, then their client group would suffer, especially now due to Government cuts to local authorities.

My own area is care and support for persons with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism and I do only support one charity in Sheffield, UK, which is there especially for adults and children with Learning Disabilities. Funding from our local authority within this area direct to charities is virtually non-existent due Government funding cuts. Some persons with Learning disabilities are in receipt of Direct Payments which are there to fund a range of needs which have been identified from an Individual Needs Assessment and the resulting Support Plan. In many instances these Direct Payments will not only cover their personal care needs, but also their needs within the community, so they can access safe environments away from their safe home environment.

We all need to access our community, but when your vulnerability is is increased due to your learning disability, the only outlets could be day centres where staff are trained in care, safeguarding, enabling mobility, providing recreational stimulus, emotional supports and many others. Local charities will provide some or all of this and they do need your support to continue to provide there essential services, for if they do not many of these persons with learning disabilities will not be able to live a reasonable life.

So I look forward to the these contactless Charity collection boxes to be made more generally available within the very near future.

strategy. Perhaps someone working within the English NHS has a better idea.In any case, a future Labour government will restore the publicly-funded

Source: If GPs disaffiliate from the NHS, how about forming CHARITIES, to thwart Theresa May? | Vox Political

National disability charity backs calls for urgent cross-party review to address sustainability of social care sector National disability charity, Sense, has welcomed calls from three Commons committee heads for an urgent cross-party review to find a sustainable solution to the current social care funding gap ahead of the next spending round. The social care sector is currently running at a substantial deficit, which is estimated to hit £2.6 billion per year by 2020. Sense, who supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, has been calling on the Government to deliver urgent funding to plug the sector’s unsustainable gap and help protect the future of the vital social care services. Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of disability charity Sense, said: “The stark warnings on the fragility of the social care sector are finally hitting home and we welcome the call for a cross-party review tasked with finding a sustainable solution to this growing crisis ahead of the next spending round.

Source: Sense Supports Cross-Party Social Care Review | DisabledGo News and Blog

‘Susan George, president of the Royal School for the Blind, told the BBC the charity was “saddened to hear of former pupils having such memories of their time at the school”.

She added: “Such behaviour [as the former pupils allege] would not be tolerated in any school today.”’

The point is that although it would not be tolerated in any school today, it should not have been tolerated then.

However, in the 50s there was a atmosphere of fear in many schools and pupils were not as enlightened as they are today.

No child should be scared to speak out, but in the 50s they would never have been listened to and some are still not listened to today.

There are still many aspects that are not right today, however, the enlightening of childrens understanding and the understanding of staff and other authorities is welcomed and needs to be encouraged.

Same Difference

A group of blind and vulnerable people have said they were physically and emotionally abused as children by their special primary school’s headmistress.

Six former pupils of The Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool have told the BBC about abuse dating back to the 1950s when some of them were just five.

The headmistress at the time, Margaret McLenan, has since died.

The school said it was “saddened” to hear the allegations and said such behaviour would not be tolerated today.

The six former pupils have never before spoken publicly about their experiences at the boarding school in Wavertree, which accommodated pupils from across the north-west of England and the Isle of Man.

The alleged abuse has also never been reported to, or investigated by, police.

There is no suggestion any of it was of a sexual nature.

Victims described how being beaten and shamed deprived them of their…

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