Blog Posts - Charities



Can’t spot the wood for the trees

In the news in the last couple of days a number of stories have emerged that shows an incoherence amongst the men and women who are making decisions on our behalf. It appears that at a meeting of the International … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Dec 20, 2016

A dangerous distraction

A few days ago I wrote my first response to the Casey Review which is concerned about a lack of cohesion across our society. In due course I will write some more. However in the meantime the Government has stood … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Dec 19, 2016

A Big Thank You to all Volunteers

This morning the following blog appears in the Argus as the Opinion piece on page 10 – its my attempt to acknowledge the enormous contribution that volunteers make to ensure our society is able to function as well as it … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Dec 17, 2016

A total lack of consultation

The following paragraph was published this morning in the Argus newspaper in the Opinion section: According to a press release from NHS England in mid August, local NHS organisations were “working together for the first time on shared plans to R...
by IanChisnall on Dec 14, 2016

A Mayor for Sussex and Surrey?

At a time when Brighton & Hove Council is once again threatening the budget for youth provision in our city, and coming several years after West Sussex took a similar approach, it is encouraging to read that the Mayor of … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Dec 10, 2016

A predictable end to a sad tale

A few months ago I wrote about the abject failure by William Shawcross, Chair of the Charity Commission and Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society to offer Claire Dove, at that time a board member of the Charity Commission a … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Dec 9, 2016

We need accountable Councils

During November two charities whose focus is on the needs of trafficked children and reuniting families produced an important report called “Heading back to Harm”. The report encompassed the whole of the United Kingdom and it sought to assess how...
by IanChisnall on Dec 6, 2016

A complete lack of integrity

One of the people who has featured in many previous blogs is Baron David Freud who apart from his comment in the image, also spoke in 2013 in the House of Lords “My Lords, there is actually no evidence as … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Dec 3, 2016

Invest in early years education

Over the last 2 weeks the decision by the Labour led Brighton & Hove City Council to reduce the pay of early years educators in their Council run Nurseries has been the subject of several twitter debates, that I have … Continue reading U...
by IanChisnall on Aug 25, 2016

Regulator lacking peripheral vision

The potential impact of the outcome of the EU referendum on charities appears to have passed the Charity Commission by. The Commission did deliberate over the position that Charities could take when it came to campaigning ahead of the referendum R...
by IanChisnall on Aug 21, 2016

Something that should trouble all of us

The news that the Government has suppressed a report that shows one of their flagship schemes has been ineffective is not a shock. Sadly that sort of things happens all too often and Governments appear to believe that they are … Continue readin...
by IanChisnall on Aug 15, 2016

#PokemonGo Trainer Travels Across America to Catch 'Em All for Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Chadwick James poses with staff, during his cross country adventure to raise awareness and support for WWP. (PRNewsFoto/Wounded Warrior Project)Over the years, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has had many supporters travel...
by LoupDargent.info on Aug 13, 2016

Price vs Value for our children

This week a local newspaper  carried a piece on the pay levels for workers in local authority run childrens centres and nurseries. Councillor, Tom Bewick is quoted as saying “The current workforce is very expensive when compared to the private se...
by IanChisnall on Aug 13, 2016

A tragically unequal society

Two recent pieces of news surely must lead to a proper review of public policy, at least as far as inheritance taxes and minimum or so called national living wage are concerned. They are not connected and they are only … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Aug 12, 2016

Food waste – time to write

Last Monday Parliaments Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee launched an inquiry into the economic, social, and environmental impact of food waste in England. They have invited people to write to them over the next few months with a &...
by IanChisnall on Jul 18, 2016

Will Network Rail come good?

This morning there is an article in the Guardian which suggests that Network rail will come good on many years of unmet challenges for their disabled passengers, whilst their budget is being cut in the areas concerned. So assuming that … Contin...
by IanChisnall on Jul 11, 2016

The need to listen to young people

Based on the various statements that have so far emerged from the contenders to be our next Prime Minister, none has yet shown a willingness to respond to the concerns by young people over the vote we all took 10 days … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jul 4, 2016

Foodwaste

According to Tesco’s chief executive, Dave Lewis speaking in Cape Town in a bid to implore companies to do more to tackle food waste, his own business has seen a 4% increase in food waste to 59,400 tonnes over the last year. … Continue...
by IanChisnall on Jun 23, 2016

Police boats and joined up thinking

The extent to which our various police services are able to cooperate and remain flexible depends on the idea that each of the 41 forces is largely autonomous but also that they are instructed to cooperate with one another using … Continue read...
by IanChisnall on Jun 21, 2016

Children and Young People need to be heard

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has just published its fifth review of the UK and has highlighted a raft of “serious concerns” about our nations treatment of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. An arti...
by IanChisnall on Jun 13, 2016


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