November 2014 Archive

Obstacles to Development

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It was not that long ago when you could register your planning application by simply lodging the local authority's application form and a location plan together with the requisite fee. More …

Report identifies conflicts of interest at academies

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Academy trustees are reminded of their duty to manage conflicts of interest, following a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). The report, which was published last week, has revealed that nearly half of academy trusts examined in its recent investigation disclosed “related party transactions” in 2013. More …

Innovation Partnerships: The End of the Square Peg?

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Sometimes, no matter how hard you look you never can quite find exactly what you are looking for and despite endless frustrating attempts to fit a square peg into a round hole, the end result is often nothing more than “that will do”. More …

Unregistered charities reminded of need for compliance

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Small unregistered charities are reminded of their duty to comply with charity law and that they could become subject to investigation by the Charity Commission, even though they are not required to register with the Commission. More …

Updated guidance on gift aid donations from trading subsidiaries to parent charities

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The Charity Commission is to amend its guidance on gift aid donations from a charity trading subsidiary to its parent charity following a report published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). More …

Mind the Gap

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The Charity Commission is marking National Trustees' Week by encouraging charities to carry out a skills audit of their trustee boards. More …

New law in force and change of terminology for Industrial and Provident Societies

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Industrial and provident societies should be aware of the new Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, which came into force on 1 August 2014. More …

New rules on fundraising at railway stations

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Charities need to be aware of new measures regulating fundraising in the London Underground and at many national railway stations. More …

Show your supporters you are in control

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The Charity Commission has published an article reminding charities to highlight any financial difficulties they may be having in their annual reports and accounts More …

House of Lords stands up for judicial review

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Charities who have campaigned against a proposed tightening of judicial review rules are celebrating the defeat of the government's proposals in the House of Lords. More …