BULLETIN: Charity law news, July 2014

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Welcome to Blake Morgan's first edition of the Charities team regular e-newsletter, our update on breaking news and topical issues affecting the charities sector.

 Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole joined forces on 1st July to create Blake Morgan and form a team of nationally recognised charity lawyers who provide advice to over 500 charities, not-for-profit and social enterprise organisations in England and Wales. Find out more about our merger at www.blakemorgan.co.uk and view the new Charities pages.

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Updated guidance on conflicts of interest

The Charity Commission has published their updated conflict of interest guidance. The updated guidance includes a summary, detailed guidance and the legal underpinning, as well as examples.

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Charity Commission updates

Including new podcasts and recent news updates from the Commission.

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Charity Commission: Consultation on proposed amendments to the annual return

On 17th June the Charity Commission launched an 8 week consultation on changes to the Annual Return 2015.

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Charities SORP approved for publication

The Financial Reporting Council has approved the new Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) for publication. The SORPs are due to be published in early summer 2014.

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Business rates relief: Charity Commission investigates Life Foundation Trust regarding business rates relief

The Charity Commission recently reissued an alert to charities regarding risks associated with taking on tenancies to take advantage of business rates relief.

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Disclosure and Barring Service: Identity checking guidelines

The Disclosure and Barring Service has amended their identity checking guidelines from 1 July 2014.

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Tax: HMRC Rules on Benefits to Donors

HMRC are exploring a revision of the rules on benefits given to donors of charities.

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Employment: Flexible working for all

From 30 June 2014 the right to request flexible working was extended to all eligible employees and the rigid statutory request procedure was abolished.

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Changes to the UK Immigration System

The Home Office has published two guides to assist employers with the new changes to the UK Immigration system. The changes affect the right to work checks that should be carried out by employers and increase the civil penalty for illegally employing an immigrant from £10,000 to £20,000.

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Consultation launched on changes to the regulation of independent schools

On 23 June 2014 the Government launched a consultation on new draft regulations aimed at raising standards in Independent Schools.

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Trustee Training and other Upcoming Events

  • Trustee induction and refresher training

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