Charities newsletter – January 2018

17th January 2018

Our Charities team here at Blake Morgan publishes e-bulletins to keep you up-to-date with breaking news and topical issues affecting the sector. We also offer regular charity trustee induction and refresher training sessions.

We wish you a happy New Year and all the best for 2018.

Charity Commission: Updated guidance on protecting your charity from fraud

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance which includes information about fraud, how you can protect your charity against it and how to spot it when it occurs.

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Charity Commission: Press release to review your safeguarding and governance arrangements

On 19 December 2017, the Charity Commission issued a regulatory alert reminding charities to review their safeguarding and governance arrangements. It also published its revised strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities on 6 December 2017.

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Charity Commission: Updated guidance on preparing an annual return

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on preparing your charity’s annual return. The guidance includes details of what you need to submit, when you need to submit an annual return and what the return should include.

The updated guidance can be viewed here.

Conversion of charitable companies to CIOs

On 7 December 2017, the Charities Act 2011 (Commencement No.3) Order 2017 (SI 2017/1230) was implemented, which means that from 1 January 2018 there will be mechanisms in place for an existing charitable company, charitable community benefit society or community interest company to convert into a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

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Autumn Budget 2017 – some key points for charities

The budget made few mentions of the voluntary sector. However, we have put together a summary of the likely benefits to the charity sector:

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Employment Law – Looking Ahead to 2018

Our Employment team take a look ahead to what are likely to be the key employment law developments for employers and HR professionals in 2018. It might well be a new year but many of the hot topics are not so new – gender pay, the gig economy, data protection and Employment Tribunal fees for instance.

Here is an overview of some of the most significant developments and cases to look out for in 2018.

Upcoming event: Charity Trustee Induction and Refresher Training: Southampton, 1 March 2018

This course is designed to assist charity trustees and senior managers of charitable organisations in complying with best practice. It will include an interactive session on governing documents, an introduction to charity regulation and a discussion of trustee responsibilities in the employment of staff.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss any matter please contact any member of our Charities team.

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