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Case 'remains open' into Big Society Network

The Charity Commission's case into the Society Network Foundation - the charitable arm of the Big Society Network - "remains open and ongoing", a spokeswoman has confirmed.

It is alleged that the organisation misused government funding and made inappropriate payments to its directors.

Our case into the Society Network Foundation remains open and ongoing.

We have received a response to questions we had relating to connected-party transactions and the use of a grant.

However this does not fully address our concerns and we are in the process of engaging further with the trustees.

We are also awaiting copies of documents that explain the grounds on which a grant was given.

– Charity Commission spokeswoman

Big Society Network 'misused government funds'

The Big Society Network, launched as part of a flagship scheme by David Cameron in 2010, is reportedly being investigated over the misuse of government funds.

It is said the organisation was given at least £2.5 million of National Lottery funding and public-sector grants - but is now under scrutiny by the Charity Commission, reports the Independent.

There are also claims that government grant-awarding bodies were pressured into handing over cash to the organisation.

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Cameron calls on Russia to release MH17 information

Russia probably has "really valuable information" on the MH17 plane crash, which left 298 people dead, and should "release what they know", David Cameron said.

Read: Dutchman was due to fly on both MH370 and MH17

The Prime Minister, who was speaking during a visit to the Shetland Islands, also welcomed the "good news" of fresh sanctions being imposed on Russia by the European Union.

He said: "I would make the point that the people who probably have the really valuable information about what happened to this flight are the Russians and they should release what they know about what happened over the skies of eastern Ukraine."

Watch: UK wants to impose sanctions on Putin's 'cronies'

UK air accident investigators to retrieve black box data

David Cameron has tweeted that air accident investigators in the UK will retrieve date from the black boxes of MH17.

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We've agreed Dutch request for air accident investigators at Farnborough to retrieve data from #MH17 black boxes for international analysis.

Read: Dutchman was due to fly on both MH370 and MH17

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Labour responds to Big Society Capital launch

Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office responds to the Government’s launch of Big Society Capital:

"Charities need all the support they can get. This announcement is welcome, but it is too little, far too late.

"The Government should not over claim at a time when over 70,000 jobs in the sector have been lost in the last year alone and too many charities are cutting back on the support they provide to individuals and communities as a result of the Tory-led Government's cuts that go too far, too fast."

– Jon Trickett MP
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