CFDG members to quiz politicians in election debate

12th January 2010

The Charity Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) will be holding an election debate on 24th February 2010, giving its members an opportunity to raise their issues with key political figures in the run up to the general election.

The debate will have a ‘Question Time’ format and will be chaired by Kim Catcheside, BBC Education Correspondent and CFDG trustee. Questions from CFDG members will be directed to a panel of spokespeople on the third sector from the three major parties:

• Angela Smith MP, Minister for the Third Sector

• Nick Hurd MP, Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering, and

• Jenny Willott MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

CFDG’s Acting Chief Executive, David Membrey says, “We expect a lively debate that tackles the key issues affecting the sector. The ongoing impacts of the recession and prospective public funding cuts are of real concern to our members, and they will be asking tough questions.”

CFDG will be undertaking a variety of work in the context of the election, using the opportunity it provides to bring the issues of their members to the attention of leading decision-makers. Activities will include a manifesto, highlighting members’ key issues, an Election Watch web page and meeting policy makers. For more information please contact Kate Hand, on 020 7785 6419, or at

(CFDG members only)

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Notes to Editors:

For more information about the CFDG’s election work, please contact Kate Hand, on 020 7785 6419, or at

The Charity Finance Directors' Group ( was set up in 1987 and is an umbrella group that specialises in helping charities to manage their finance-related functions. CFDG’s circa 1,600 plus members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £14.7 billion in charity income per year.

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