Pete works as a Freelance researcher in the charity sector, and lives in South London with the world's best editorial consultant, her piano, and a small hairy dog called Smudge.

There are 170,000 charities in England and Wales, but what do they all do, and what is the best way of classifying them? Some questions are too long to answer by tweet, so this is a rapid blog on demand for the wonderful @katherinehudson

I spend a lot of time looking at the annual accounts and reports of charities, so I wonder what insight could be had from a quick comparison of the annual accounts of the recently axed Audit Commission with the annual accounts of a private sector financial services firm.

Will we be living in a Conservative utopia of public services being delivered by charities funded by philanthropists and service users? Or will the cuts programme decimate civil society as we know it?

What about the wider world? Will capital letters be so-ooo last century? Will newspapers and magazines only be available on devices made by Apple, or will they still be available in dead-tree format?

spoof of third sector magazine, circa 2020

We live in interesting times.

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