Time’s up for the Charity Commission as we know it. But I’m just a donor so what do I know.

Amidst the balderdash, bureaucracy and blocking that passes for government these days, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and its Chair, Margaret Hodge MP, have become something of the nation’s conscience. This week Margaret Hodge is reported by Third Sector magazine as suggesting the Charity Commission could be scrapped.  At the very least she has said […]

A 'silver cloud' with a dark lining? – medical research charities in the recession

I suspect you may have seen the bleak forecast made by charity chief executives in the latest National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) survey published today.  97% of those surveyed said they expected economic conditions to be negative and 55% advised that they would be reducing their staff. Tough times indeed.  And so this seems an opportune moment […]

NHS reforms, research and 'localism'

I really would encourage you to read this morning’s article in The Guardian about the impact of the NHS reforms on doctor  expertise and research.  Its the first article that I’ve seen thus far which really conveys the message about health research that AMRC has been trying to put across and on which we anticipate stepping up […]

Making the EU work better for research charities

On the face of it you might think this a very Friday afternoon sort of article.  But, as a discussion of how European foundations operate in a research funding context, it is is extremely interesting.  The news peg for it is that plans are afoot by the European Commission to present a regulation for a European Foundation […]

The legacy of medical research

…and another thing. Two weeks ago I blogged about the CAF/NCVO UK Giving report which showed that medical research topped the causes to which the British public gave money.  Well, today, the results of an AA/Populus poll of its 18,000 members have been published showing that of those people planning to leave a legacy to charity, […]