Monthly Archives: September 2011

AVOW and Communities First

Back in March, in fact on the exact day that John Gallanders and AVOW’s employment adviser Sky Bibi of RBS Mentor Services sat in the Employment Tribunal and heard the judge deliver the unanimous and damning verdict of the Tribunal … Continue reading

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Private Eye Letters page

The current issue of Private Eye, No. 1298, contains a letter in response to an article in the last issue about the Tribunal findings. It reads: Sir – In the Charity News section you quote the cost of replacing a … Continue reading

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Mark Isherwood AM calls for Welsh Government statement on AVOW

I am reposting this entry from Mark Isherwood’s website here for information: Original article here. NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, called for a Welsh Government statement on the damning Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) judgement this week, … Continue reading

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Story covered in Private Eye: Issue #1297

See this tweet: How much does it cost NOT to change a light bulb? For one charity the answer is £21,000. Full story in the Eye. Out now. — Private Eye Magazine (@PrivateEyeNews) September 14, 2011 Full article here. There … Continue reading

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Call for an Inquiry into AVOW following Tribunal’s findings

BBC Radio Wales has reported this morning, 6 September, that Mark Isherwood AM is calling for an Inquiry into AVOW following the Tribunal’s damning criticism of both officers and Trustees. Having previously announced that it would be able to issue … Continue reading

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Initial response from the Charity Commission (Wales Office)

Below is the initial response (30 August 2011) from the Charity Commission (Wales Office) to the Tribunal’s findings: In response to the serious criticisms of the charity’s governance set out in the Tribunal’s judgement, I have written to the trustees … Continue reading

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Findings on privilege and admissibility of contested documents

Here are the Tribunal’s findings on the admissibility of ten documents which the respondent claimed were privileged and not admissible as evidence. The most important of these were documents C1(1) and C1(3) (documents at pages 1 and 3 of the … Continue reading

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