BWB Highlights

Last week, the European Court of Justice ruled that the 'Safe Harbor' regime, which facilitates the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US, is invalid. See today’s Briefing for comment from BWB Partner, Lawrie Simanowitz.  

Join us on Thursday for our charitable fundraising seminar which will examine the recommendations of the reviews carried out by Sir Stuart Etherington and the Institute of Fundraising. Full details can be found below.


At a glance

The Charity Commission has launched a consultation on enabling charities to file digital accounts with the commission, and has published guidance on whistleblowing by charity employees.

From August 2015, CAF has published a “Young Trustees Guide”.  

The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has announced a call for evidence.    

The Electoral Commission has published guidance to help non-party campaigners understand and comply with the campaign rules at the May 2016 Scottish Parliament election.


Charity Commission

Has launched a consultation on enabling charities to file digital accounts with the commission.   The consultation closes on 8 December 2015. 

Has published guidance on whistleblowing by charity employees.


Fundraising

In response to the government announcement that it accepts all Sir Stuart’s recommendations:

  • Sir Stuart has issued this comment “I’ve agreed with the Minster that we should move quickly towards implementation and look forward to working with the bodies affected and others in the charity sector to work through the finer details.”
  • FRSB has issued a detailed comment which includes “We continue to deliver the current regulatory system, addressing public complaints and investigating any allegations of poor practice.”

Join us for our charitable fundraising seminar on Thursday which will examine the recommendations of the reviews carried out by Sir Stuart Etherington and the Institute of Fundraising.


Governance

From August 2015, CAF has published a “Young Trustees Guide”


Campaigning

See item under Scotland below.


Business rates

HM Treasury has announced its plans to devolve a number of powers to local government in relation to local taxes, and in particular business rates.   

Civil Society Media reports concern among sector figures that this could impact on charity business rates relief. 


Social finance

HM Treasury has issued this press release about a local football club that has benefited from social investment tax relief. 

An evaluation of the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund shows it has helped  to unlock £233m in investments and contracts for charities and social enterprises. The fund provided grants to 155 ventures to help them grow and increase their impact.


Social enterprise

The CIC Regulator has published this list of CICs registered in September 2015.


International development/Philanthropy

This is an interesting article arguing that giving alone cannot address global poverty and that the solution lies in “zero-based design”, a practical, step-by-step method for designing, marketing, and delivering new products and services for the bottom billions on a global scale.


Data protection

Last week, the European Court of Justice ruled that the 'Safe Harbor' regime, which facilitates the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US, is invalid. To read the judgment see hereThe Information Commissioner’s Office has issued this statement about the case. 

Lawrie Simanowitz, partner in BWB’s charity team specialising in data protection, says  “Charities which have some of their data processed in the USA,  will not all be affected by this decision (for example if the data is transferred to charities in the USA,  then the safe harbor scheme will not apply).   For those UK charities which do rely on the safe harbor rule, there is no immediate threat.  However, in the medium term,  they will have to find alternative methods of ensuring the security of data transferred to the USA.   This is likely to involve a review of the contract with the data processor. The Information Commissioner's Office has said it is working with European colleagues to produce guidance, so we will need to review matters once that guidance is available.”


Freedom of information

The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has announced a call for evidence, as part of its review of the law.  The Commission was established on 17 July 2015 by the Cabinet Office. The consultation closes on 20th November.


Scotland

The Electoral Commission has published guidance to help non-party campaigners understand and comply with the campaign rules at the May 2016 Scottish Parliament election.


State Aid: The possibilities for start-ups

BWB's Julian Blake and Oliver Hunt have written an article looking at the possibilities for start-ups to receive support from state funded organisations.

Click here to read the full article


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Wired to Govern

Wired to govern: A trustee's handbook for the digital revolutionBased on OnBoard's newest guidance, 'Wired to Govern: A trustee's handbook for the digital revolution', we are holding two Wired to Govern masterclasses.

Wired to Govern 1: Smart governance in a digital era will examine the recent developments in new technologies which have the potential to transform the ways in which boards operate, meet, communicate and add value to the work of the organisations they govern.

Please click here for more information and to book

Wired to Govern 2: Strengthening your governance using digital tools provides top tips for getting the most out of governance using social media tools.

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Posted on 13/10/2015 in Legal Updates

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