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25 June 2015

When someone mentions ‘pester power’, the first thing that springs to mind is likely to be children hassling their parents for junk food or the latest toy or smartphone. You probably won’t think first of the positive role which children and young people might have on the adults in their lives.

10 June 2015
Image of community housing, Manchester

The Conservative government has announced plans for a substantial increase to Right to Buy, but Simon Ruse has concerns that the short term benefit will have serious consequences for future generations.

The government confirmed in the Queen’s Speech its plans for the extension of the Right to Buy scheme to 1.3 million housing association tenants to increase home ownership. The plans would result in tenants being able to buy their property at a discount of up to £104,000, a huge increase on the existing discount of up to £16,000.

18 May 2015 1 comments
David Cameron at a desk

Listening to all the coverage over the general election made me wonder what it would be like to have a ‘politician’ working with us in our office. This is my imaginary appraisal write-up for the ‘areas for improvement’ that came back from the 360 feedback session for my imaginary colleague - Polly Tician.

8 May 2015

So the results are pretty much in as this goes to press. The Conservatives have stormed to victory and Labour has been condemned rather than Con-Dem-ed to another five years in Opposition. Most people predicted a hung parliament, with many suggesting that Ed Miliband might make a bold move to become PM even if he didn’t lead the largest party back into Westminster. With charities planning for what should have been a predictable Commons layout, and at least some praying for Ed’s reds to take power, what now for those best laid plans?

1 May 2015 7 comments
picture of a handshake

The charity world has a conflicted attitude towards companies. There are many charities with large teams dedicated to building corporate partnerships and raising substantial income. There are campaign organisations that will have nothing to do with companies either in terms of income or influence, or that will only work with the most ‘ethical’ of the corporate world. It must be one of the few sources of income where some people believe that publicly lambasting donors is a productive way to increase income. However, some sector leaders have done it.

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