It’s not surprising we are all fascinated by pay – all those stories about overweight cats and charities having to pay private sector salaries or they’ll end up being run by fools.
But I wonder if the review that’s just been set up is going to look at salaries down here in the murky depths. The numbers might not merit an article in a tabloid, but there are many questions that could be asked. Read More
I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a copy of the Daily Mail – it’s not really my cup of tea, I suspect.
“Hate” is a strong word and I generally shy away from passing judgement on others, especially dead people. But it did get me thinking about what I hate. Read More
So today the BBC payoffs are in the news; last week it was charity fat cats. Well, here’s a little story that won’t hit the news headlines but maybe it should. I was really impressed when I heard it.
I was working with a charity last week. The chair of trustees told me that they had wanted to thank their chief executive who has just moved on after 10 years hard work, so they too had offered a golden goodbye. The chief executive politely and graciously declined the offer. The sum involved… just £500. Read More
I had a long phone call from a suffering trustee yesterday. To cut a long story short, the charity went bust and collapsed in a heap. Total debts around £60K (including a small sum owed to us), and, yes indeed, it was unincorporated…. so it’s personal. Read More
I have no idea how long it takes to train a teacher. Like most of us, I can remember good and bad teachers, and usually it seemed to be a combination of experience and wisdom that made the difference. It seems common sense that people experienced elsewhere in life will take less time to train than most. But how on earth do you train people in common sense?
Love her or loathe her, I don’t think anyone would suggest that Lady Thatcher was ever plagued by doubt and uncertainty. You knew where you stood with the Iron Lady. I suppose that is usually seen as a strength, but sometimes ‘I’m not sure’ might be a more truthful statement. Can you imagine our party leaders, when grilled by Eddie Mair, responding with a sheepish: “That’s a good question Eddie, and I don’t really know the answer”. Read More
It’s budget time again for CA Plus. I wonder if George Osborne’s is as complex as ours. One of the more challenging aspects is setting the price for the services we provide. Today we hear about a solicitor charging £4,000 for photocopying; yesterday a group we support showed me an itemised bill from an accounts firm with an average charge of £42 for each email. Nice. Read More
And so Blockbuster bites the dust. Christmas is over and the harsh reality of the balance sheet is revealed. It seems the rise of competition through the internet is the reason, but I wonder what the management team were talking about five years ago and what their strategy was? It got me thinking about the degree of control we have over our own finances and how we manage this. Read More
I have a little handout on fraud and mis-management that I give to people. The title is: “It wouldn’t happen here”. We usually have much entertainment when going through various stories before people start to think serioulsy and end up making more and more notes on a ‘to do’ list.
This morning I heard of allegations that senior BBC staff have departed with eye-watering sums in a settlement while calling it a ‘redundancy’. I suspect Joe Public would accept this as the norm in a bank or football, but the BBC! At least it would never happen in a charity. Read More
I had another one yesterday – a call from a group of trustees asking for help. Their charity is closing down, it owes around £40K and it’s unincorporated. This is likely to develop into a real personal nightmare for these good people.
Now in the new business-efficient, sustainable-funding world we live in, I should have put the phone down. They can’t pay us. In fact, they already owe us for the last annual accounts! How on earth can CA Plus sustain itself if I spend all my time helping groups who can’t pay? Read More