February 2015 Archive

Companies that make nuisance calls and send spam texts to face fines of up to £500,000

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today announced that it plans to introduce changes that will make it easier to take action against companies that make nuisance calls and send spam text messages. More …

New offence of 'Drug Driving' to come into force on 2nd March 2015

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Motorists are reminded that the new offence of "drug driving" will come into force on 2 March 2015. More …

Defamation and Social Media

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Individuals posting material online that could be potentially defamatory may not be aware that they could be personally liable. More …

Announcement of Increase in Court Fees

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On Friday 16 January 2015, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Mr Shailesh Vara, released a statement announcing enhanced court fees. More …

Charity Commission: recent reports

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With the draft Protection of Charities Bill currently being considered, we looked at some of the most recent Charity Commission reports to see how it is using its current powers and what areas it is focussing on in its investigations. More …

Ofsted gets green light to inspect academy chains

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The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan MP, has clarified her position on whether Ofsted should be given powers to inspect chains of academies. More …

Tax planning guidance for charities

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The Charity Commission has published new regulatory guidance to trustees on the use of tax reliefs. More …

Draft Protection of Charities Bill – the initial reaction

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Charities and their advisers have been scrutinising the evidence submitted on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill that was submitted last month to the Joint Committee in the House of Lords, and was recently published. More …

Trustees disqualified as company directors following mismanagement of charity funds

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Trustees are reminded of their obligations to act in the best interests of the charity following the publication of a report by the Charity Commission into Helping Hands for the Needy. More …