NCVO warns of barriers to diversity in the charity sector

The NCVO report ‘Planning for Tomorrow’s Workforce: Understanding skills and skills gaps in the sector’ has revealed information about diversity within the charity sector. Charities are putting emphasis on staff having advanced qualifications: over half of the voluntary workforce is educated to a degree level and over 70% of voluntary organisations ask for applicants to…

DCMS Committee’s report concludes government should launch a ‘UK Garden City’ initiative

The report from Parliament’s DCMS Committee finds that garden tourism has much more economic potential yet to be exploited. MPs believe that the benefits that gardens bring to the tourism industry are ‘’not properly understood’’ and ‘’underestimated in financial, social and cultural terms’’. The Committee also wants garden design to be recognised as part of…

Many charity accounts not meeting external scrutiny benchmark

The Charity Commission has published a new study finding that only around half of charity accounts reviewed met the regulator’s external scrutiny benchmark. 296 charities were assessed against a new external scrutiny benchmark developed by the Charity Commission to determine whether a minimum standard of scrutiny by auditors and independent examiners has been met. The benchmark is…

Huge hoard of Norman coins found in Somerset

A huge hoard of silver coins dating back to the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings could be declared as treasure. The 2,528 silver coins were found in the Chew Valley, north-east Somerset, by a group of metal detectorists. The British Museum said it was the second largest find of Norman coins ever in the…

Competition launch to boost broadband connectivity

£250,000 of funding will be awarded to venues across the UK to improve their broadband connectivity to help them attract more events. The event venues applying will have to have conference facilities that bid for events which attract international delegates. The average value per project will be approximately £30,000. The winners of the competition will…

Councils invited to apply for the Local Digital Fund

The next round of applications for the Local Digital Fund, which helps boost services has opened. The funding is used to improve public services for residents through innovative uses of digital technology. Councils are expected to work together to do this. The opening of the application process was announced on 19th August by Government Minister…