So what’s it all about? Well Wiki explains it as the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran was revealed. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Muslims believe that the Quran […]
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Is it worth setting up a small charity?
It is a difficult decision to decide whether to set up a charity if its income is going to be relatively low. All that form filling and red tape and for what?! Well, for quite a lot actually. In order to register with the Charity Commission and get that all-important Registered Charity Number you need […]
Charities, are they really worthwhile?
For those of us who deal with registering a charity in the UK on a daily basis sometimes it is easy to see them as a generic mass, often forgetting the life-changing impact each of them can have on individual members of our society. Last week I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to see a special […]
Does the Commission use its powers enough
So should the Charity Commission have done more to stop the Cup Trust? Are they really an effective regulator? Well, the answers to both those questions are tricky. Charities intrinsically operate with the public’s trust and therefore they are of course potentially open to abuse. As the Public Accounts Committee repeatedly pointed out the Commission […]
Charity Commission gets a bashing…but is it justified?
The Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive got a verbal bashing from the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee over the much-publicised Cup Trust scandal. William Shawcross and Sam Younger were grilled for over an hour on what went wrong at the Commission, firstly in registering the Cup Trust and secondly, when they became aware of concerns, they […]