Charities

New Disqualification Rules for Charity Trustees and Other Managers

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From 1 August 2018, new rules will extend the criteria disqualifying certain individuals from acting as trustees or holding senior management positions in charities. The Charity Commission has recently published guidance on this which can be read in full here, but the essentials are summarised below. More …

Lessons Learned from the Presidents Club: Guidance for trustees on returning funds

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The recent events surrounding the Presidents Club Charity Dinner have brought to light a difficult situation that trustees of any charity may find themselves in (albeit on, hopefully, rare occasions) – i.e. where they are offered or receive funds from a source which has the potential to damage the reputation of their charity. More …

What 2017's Autumn Budget Does and Doesn't Do for Charities

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This week's budget made few mentions of the voluntary sector, and you might be forgiven for thinking the Chancellor had forgotten all about it. Scratch beneath the surface, however, and some changes can be found that will impact on charities which we explore below. More …

ICO fines charities for fundraising data breaches

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On 6 December the ICO announced that it had issued monetary penalties of £25,000 and £18,000 to two of the UK's best known charities, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Heart Foundation. More …

Transparency in supply chains statements will have a big impact

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The Modern Slavery Act has come under a lot of criticism from campaign groups, NGOs and human rights lawyers. Mostly rightly so. More …

If a charity fundraiser knocks on your door is it cold calling?

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This was just one of the questions the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) considered following a complaint it received about Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. More …

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 …

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 …