Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fake Charity of the Week #1: Tomorrow's People Trust

As some of you may have noticed, fakecharities.org is... ah... resting for a space (that site is shifting servers again, and I just haven't had time to sort out the re-install). Fear not, it will be back presently.

In the meantime, an email correspondant has alerted me to a particularly delicious example of a fake charity—the Tomorrow's People Trust. The charity describes itself in the following way:
An independent employment charity which works nationally with the long-term unemployed, helping people overcome personal barriers so that they can move into long-term, sustainable jobs. Our objective is to help those who are furthest from the labour market to get and keep a job, by preparing them for work and supporting them through their individual return-to-work programmes.

The actual document drawn to my attention is an investigation by the Charity Commission into the charity's contribution to the Conservative Manifesto—a document which includes a handy summary of the organisation's funding...
  1. The Charity’s accounts for the financial year ending 31 March 2009 show an income of £7,981,260 and expenditure of £7,620,171. The charity’s income includes £6,717,834 funding from regional Government Offices, local authorities and the London Development Agency.

Well, there's some waste to be cut there, methinks. Except, of course, I am sure that the Tomorrow's People Trust is destined to be a front-runner in Call Me Dave's Big Society...

It is worth noting one of the points in the Charity Commission's judgement too: this states that...
  1. Contributing to an election manifesto or any party political publication would have the inevitable result of providing or encouraging support for a particular political party, or at the very least, the perception of doing so. As a charity cannot support or encourage support for any political party, the Commission is unable to see how a charity could demonstrate that it had sufficiently considered and managed all the risks arising from a decision to contribute to an election manifesto or party political publication.

Well, that's pretty clear, I think...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Indeed.

Contributing to a manifesto is one thing. ASH were actively involved in drafting legislation with New Labour. When you look at the emails that Chris Snowden dug up on the shenaigans and lies involved in the "hiding fag packets saves lies" debacle using FOI requests, it sounded as if the DoH and Government were actually having to run everything past ASH before they made a decision. Reading them, I lost track of the times I saw, "Pass this to Deborah Arnott and see if she thinks that's okay"-type lines.

Disgraceful.

Neuroskeptic said...

So you don't like the Tories? What are ya, a Communist?

Or just jealous?

Anonymous said...

Look up Debbie Scott MBE, of Tomorrows People Trust

had Call Me Dave's Big Society visit the Brixton Branch Gain Project and the Southwark branch before they closed it down. So much for getting People back to work and you shut down it down.

If they gave money to Conservative where did they get it from isn't it supposed to be a charity?

Anonymous said...

these fakes are now a provider on the work programme .anyone not turning up for this waste of time will be sanctioned and lose any entitlement to benefits so this so called charity will be instrumental in creating the very poverty they purport to be trying to help eliminate