BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprise

At a glance

The Charity Commission has issued a reminder about its 15 point checklist for trustee meetings and AGMs.

Re campaigning, the Electoral Commission has published its 14th update on the rules on non-party campaigning, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guidance to help local authorities, political parties and candidates understand how equality and human rights law affects election campaigning.

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual equality information report which summarises what the CQC has learned about equality and diversity, both across health and social care and internally last year.

From 1 April 2015, a new code of practice (No. 14) comes into place for public service pensions schemes regulated by the Pensions Regulator.


Charity Commission

Has issued a reminder about its 15 point checklist for trustee meetings and AGMs.

Has published its Operational Case report into the charity, The Beatbullying Group.


Campaigning

The Electoral Commission has published its 14th campaigner update on the rules on non-party campaigning. This update provides a reminder about pre-poll reporting and details of the review into the Lobbying Act and non-party campaigning.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guidance to help local authorities, political parties and candidates understand how equality and human rights law affects election campaigning.


Social Finance

A new £7 million “Arts Impact Fund” will bring together public, private and charitable investment and will bring social investment to the arts.


Education

Early years

Funding has been announced for a new programme that will bring together the assessments given to 2-year-olds through the Department of Health’s Healthy Child Programme and the Department for Education’s early years progress check.

Schools

A new website has been launched to help primary schools recruit and develop sports coaches using more than £450 million of funding set up to secure an Olympic legacy.


Health

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual equality information report, Equal Measures, which summarises what the CQC has learned about equality and diversity, both across health and social care and internally last year.

Also see item under Data protection below.


Housing

The government has published its response to its consultation on social housing tenants' right to move.


Sport

See item under Schools above.


Faith based organisations

The largest ever public consultation carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found widespread public confusion and misunderstanding about the laws protecting freedom of religion or belief. The results of the consultation will inform a report on the adequacy of the laws protecting religion or belief to be issued later this year. The Commission will also be producing guidance for employers and people who provide services to the public.


Volunteering

The Cabinet Office has published an interim report “Evaluating Youth Social Action”. According to Civil Society Media, the report shows that those who volunteer at school are more likely to do so later in life.


Pensions

From 1 April 2015, a new Code of practice (No. 14) comes into place for public service pensions schemes regulated by the Pensions Regulator. The Regulator's new code of practice is directed at scheme managers and pension boards of public-service schemes and is intended to be a single source of reference covering matters such as internal controls, knowledge and understanding, conflicts of interest and record-keeping. This link takes you to the January 2015 draft of the Code.


Data protection

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been ordered by the Information Commissioner’s Office to review its data protection policy after a file containing sensitive patient information was found at a bus stop.


The Stephen Lloyd Awards

The Stephen Lloyd Awards are now open for applications, details here http://www.stephenlloydawards.org/guidelines/. The aim of the awards, in line with Stephen’s own approach, is to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change. The awards committee is particularly interested in supporting ideas that address social problems at a systemic level.

Although funding is also available, the awards made in his name will focus on harnessing the expertise and the support of those with deep knowledge of the charity and social enterprise sector in order to help socially valuable projects move from concept to realisation. The heart of the awards is the bringing together of experts that can deliver practical, free support.


Posted on 18/03/2015 in Legal Updates

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