December 2014 Archive

Good governance of universities

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A new voluntary governance code for UK universities has been published by The Committee of University Chairs (CUC). More …

When campaigning becomes political

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Charities are reminded of their obligations to comply with charity law following the publication of a report by the Charity Commission on the work of The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). More …

Judicial review changes likely to become law

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The House of Lords' decision to remove controversial provisions was reversed by the House of Commons, and now the proposed changes have been reinserted. More …

Local experiences as a Family Mediator

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As a Family Law Mediator and Associate Solicitor at Blake Morgan in Hampshire I take part in the Portsmouth Family Court in court mediation scheme. More …

Single registration portal for charities delayed

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Plans to revolutionise the system for charities wishing to register with the Charity Commission and HMRC have been delayed until 2016. More …

VAT rebate for charity-run hospices

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Hospices, air ambulances and search and rescue charities have been celebrating the Chancellor's announcement that, from April 2015, they will be able to reclaim the VAT they pay on goods and services. The government estimates the scheme to be worth up to £5m a year for charities. More …

Use of photomontages in Planning.

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The use of photomontages to represent how developments will look within the landscape are increasingly important in the planning process. More …

Multi academy trusts: managing a group of academies

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With more and more maintained schools converting to academy status, we have seen an increase in different forms of collaborative working, in particular groups of academies being run and/or sponsored by the same multi-academy trust company. More …

The importance of accurate serious incident reporting

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Charity trustees are reminded of the importance of accurate serious incident reporting following the publication of a Charity Commission report on Gads Hill School in Kent. More …

Procurement goes digital

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Embedding the use of technology within the procurement process is one of the significant policy changes introduced in the new Directive on Public Procurement. More …