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Charity Finance Group has launched a new publication for small organisations, aimed at delivering practical guidance on how they can prepare for pensions auto-enrolment regulations.


At a glance

The autumn statement is going to be on 25 November.

The parliamentary inquiry into fundraising held its first evidence session last week.

HM Treasury is currently consulting on whether to include investment based crowdfunding as an ISA qualifying investment.

The government has announced a review into youth justice and a review of education in adult prisons.

Ceri Witchard has been appointed as the new Regulator of Community Interest Companies.


General

The autumn statement is going to be on 25 November.

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will introduce proposals for a British Bill of Rights in autumn 2015, which will be subject to full consultation.


Parliamentary inquiry into Kids Company

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC, successor to PASC) has launched an inquiry into the recent closure of Kids Company and the charity’s relationship with successive UK Governments.  This short inquiry will focus on the following key areas:

  • The extent of the Government’s relationship with Kids Company, including the appropriateness of the level of Government funding distributed to the charity.
  • The competitiveness of the process by which Government financial support was given to Kids Company and whether the charity benefitted from an unfair advantage in the level of Government support it attracted.
  • The advice given by Civil Servants to Government ministers on continued financial support for Kids Company, including the audit undertaken by the Cabinet Office and the Permanent Secretary’s request for ‘ministerial direction’.
  • The seriousness with which ministers regarded Civil Service advice on its continued support for Kids Company.
  • The financial management of Kids Company, in particular its failure, despite repeated concerns, to build up sufficient reserves.
  • The oversight role of the Charity Commission.

The Committee will take oral evidence in October.  No date is given for its final report.


CIC booklet

 

To celebrate 10 years of CICs, we’ve produced a free-to-download publication, Governance for Community Interest Companies: A Practical Framework. The publication offers practical principles, hints and tips for anyone looking to demystify governance and build firm governance foundations for their CIC.

 

Please click here to download the publication

 

 


Community Interest Companies

Ceri Witchard has been appointed as the Regulator of Community Interest Companies.  She is currently Deputy Director for Innovation at the Intellectual Property Office.  


Fundraising

The PACAC inquiry into fundraising held its first evidence session last week – you can see video footagehere.

Evidence given by the Chief Executives of NSPCC, Oxfam and others is summarised in this Civil Society Media article  

FRSB’s press release says it gave evidence that fundamental reform of the current self-regulatory framework is essential.  It said key changes should include:

  • An Independent Standards Committee (housed outside the Institute of Fundraising), with the FRSB being able to require changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice based on its investigations into complaints from the public;
  • Mandatory regulation for charities with voluntary income in excess of £1 million;
  • FRSB to take a harder-edged approach to breaches of the Code and to formalise a closer regulatory partnership with relevant UK statutory charity regulators, to whom the most serious cases of continuing poor practice will be referred;
  • Self-regulation must not rely on complaint monitoring alone to identify sub-standard practice, but incorporate a system of independent compliance checks by the FRSB and a rolling programme of audit for all large charities. This would require a significant increase in funding for the FRSB.

Several charities (including RSPCA, Guide Dogs and UnLtd) and other organisations have submitted written evidence, see here for copies.


Campaigning

The Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement has issued a report on the “Impact of the Lobbying Act on civil society and democratic engagement during the run-up to the 2015 General Election”.


Education

HM Treasury is currently consulting on whether  to include investment based crowdfunding as an ISA qualifying investment.   The consultation closes on 30th September.


Social enterprise

See item under Community Interest Companies above.


Health

The Department of Health is to review the rate paid by the NHS to private care providers (nursing homes) for nursing services.


Youth justice and education in prisons

The government has announced:

  • review into youth justice.  The review will be led by Charlie Taylor, former Chief Executive of the National College of Teaching and Leadership, and it will report in the summer of next year

Money laundering/terrorist financing

On 28 August 2015, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and HM Treasury announcedthe launch of a review to improve the effectiveness of rules designed to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. The review closes on 23 October 2015. This may have some impact on the banking difficulties faced by NGOs working in sanctioned countries/areas where terrorist groups operate.


Data protection

From the week before last, this blog was published by the Information Commissioner about the ICO investigation into charity data sharing practices (triggered by the Daily Mail story about Colonel Samuel Rae).  


Pensions

Charity Finance Group CFG has launched a new publication for small organisations, aimed at delivering practical guidance on how they can prepare for pensions auto-enrolment regulations. 


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Posted on 15/09/2015 in Legal Updates

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