September 2014 Archive

Long awaited Public Contract Regulations issued for consultation.

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On 19 September 2014 the Cabinet Office issued the draft Public Contracts Regulations 2015 together with a consultation document on the transposing of the New Public Sector Directive into UK law. More …

Data Protection Act: journalism exemption extends to charities

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Charities running campaigns or carrying out investigative work can use the journalism exemption from the Data Protection Act, according to new guidance released by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). More …

HMRC launches consultation on draft VAT refund order for museums and galleries

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HMRC is calling for comments on the draft Value Added Tax (Refund of Tax to Museums and Galleries) (Amendment) Order 2014. More …

Academy regulation 'too weak' according to MPs report

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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan will be questioned about "loopholes" in academy regulation when she appears before the Education Select Committee next month, following research that found weaknesses in the system of monitoring how academies spend public funds. More …

Lobbying Act now in force: reminder to charities to check whether they need to register

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Charities should be aware that the Lobbying Act is now in force and they should act now if they need to register with the Electoral Commission under the new rules. More …

New meeting room and catering arrangements at the Privy Council

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Since Easter 2014 the Privy Council has introduced changes to the way that bookings of private meeting rooms are handled. More …

Divorce and the cheating spouse: How should you proceed?

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The 5 reasons on which you may divorce are adultery, unreasonable behaviour of your spouse, 2 years separation with the consent of your spouse, 5 years separation or desertion. More …

The UK Intellectual Property Office fights back against fraudsters

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In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of scam invoices being sent to trade mark applicants by fraudulent companies purporting to offer genuine intellectual property services. More …

Latest ACEVO survey on the 'Changing Face of Charity'

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The ACEVO has published the results of its most recent Social Sector Tracker Survey on the 'Changing Face of Charity', which focussed on "charities’ engagement with opportunities for social investment, social financing, collaboration within and outside of the sector, and their developing use of social technology". More …

Concerns raised over potential impact of EU data protection proposals on charity fundraising

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Following a recent Institute of Fundraising convention, Medialab has issued a report outlining the "potentially disastrous implications" for charity fundraising of EU proposals for changes to data protection laws. More …