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BWB’s Luke Fletcher and Sarah Payne helped put together this legal report into social enterprise in Europe: 'Social Enterprise in Europe – Developing Legal Systems which Support Social Enterprise Growth'. See today’s Briefing for more details.


At a glance

The government’s new one-nation Counter-Extremism Strategy launches this week.

NCVO and others have issued a press release about the next steps to implement the recommendations of Sir Stuart Etherington’s Review of Charity Fundraising Self-regulation.

On Tuesday this week, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (PACAC) is holding its second evidence session as part of its inquiry into charity fundraising.

The Care Quality Commission has launched its “State of Care” report, which is an annual overview of health and adult social care in England.

BWB has prepared a briefing on the Modern Slavery Act 2015.


Charity Commission

Has published a case report into Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, originally a charitable company, but with the Commission's help, it has now converted into a Community Benefit Society (which is an exempt charity). The driving reason behind the conversion was to enable the charity to raise funds via a community share offer.  

Civil Society Media reports that, speaking at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society, Kenneth Dibble, head of legal services at the Charity Commission for England and Wales, said that getting charities to pay for the regulator would “almost certainly” require a change in legislation. 


Fundraising

NCVO and others have issued a press release about a meeting which took place last Monday (12th October) to discuss the implementation of the recommendations of Sir Stuart Etherington’s Review of Charity Fundraising Self-regulation.  Next steps include:

  • Setting up a working group to plan the implementation of the proposed Fundraising Preference Service.
  • A summit with the wider voluntary sector in the coming weeks – more information to be released shortly.

On Tuesday this week, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (PACAC) is holding its second evidence session as part of its inquiry into charity fundraising.  Those to give evidence include:

  • Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner
  • Steve Eckersley, Head of Enforcement, Information Commissioner's Office
  • Daphne Harris, Chair, RSPCA  
  • Mark Wood, Chair, NSPCC
  • Karen Brown, Chair, Oxfam
  • Save the Children (TBC)

The Cabinet Office has announced match funding of £122,500 for Localgiving’s Grow Your Tennerfundraising campaign, which helps small, local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1 million.  The fundraising campaign will match one-off donations pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 3 months.  Grow Your Tenner runs from 10am on 13 October 2015 until the match fund is fully allocated, or 5pm on 18 November 2015 – whichever comes first. The campaign offers each local group taking part the opportunity to access up to £10,000 of match funding.


Social enterprise

The European Social Enterprise Law Association has published a legal report into social enterprise in Europe: 'Social Enterprise in Europe – Developing Legal Systems which Support Social Enterprise Growth'.

BWB Partner Luke Fletcher comments “BWB has authored the report in collaboration with a network of social enterprise legal experts across Europe, with at least one legal expert in each European jurisdiction. It is a ground-breaking report which makes a series of important recommendations for policymakers in member states and in the European institutions about how the law can be used to support social enterprise growth – and how thriving social enterprise ecosystems may be created and supported.  The report is published by the newly formed European Social Enterprise Law Association, which will be formally launched on the 1 December at the European Venture Philanthropy Association’s annual conference.” For more, see this BWB Briefing on the report.


Education

See this Department of Education press release about academic standards continuing to rise under the academies programme.


Youth services

See this Government announcement about the Centre for Youth Impact entering its next phase to help youth sector organisations measure and understand the impact of their work.  The Centre for Youth Impact was launched in September 2014, with start-up funding from Cabinet Office, to promote the importance of evidence in designing, delivering and funding high quality services for young people.


Health

The Care Quality Commission has launched its “State of Care” report, which is an annual overview of health and adult social care in England.


Sport

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has this report of the English Bridge Union losing its legal battle against Sport England to have Bridge recognised as a sport. The dispute centred on Sport England’s current policy to define sport as including “physical activity”. 


Counter terrorism/safeguarding

The government’s new one-nation Counter-Extremism Strategy launches this week. The strategy includes a strengthening of the role of the Disclosure and Barring Service to ensure anyone with a conviction or civil order for terrorist or extremist activity is automatically banned from working with children and vulnerable people. Civil Society Media reports the Government has set aside a £5m fund for charities and community organisations willing to form part of a counter-extremism drive.


Impact measurement

See item under Youth Services.


Research

In July, Professor Dame Ann Dowling published her review of business-university collaborations.


Modern Slavery Act 2015

For anyone concerned about whether this new Act impacts on your organisation, please see this BWB Briefing.


Scotland

OSCR, Scotland’s charity regulator, has published its latest Annual Review, covering the financial year 2014-15.  


Northern Ireland

The NI charity regulator, CCNI, is planning to exercise its powers to remove charity trustees – it has published notice of its intention to remove two trustees from two separate charities. 


New from Get Legal

Get Legal - charity or social enterprise? blogWhen setting up an organisation with a social purpose, you must decide what form it is going to take.

BWB Get Legal has published a new article discussing the distinct differences between a charity and a social enterprise.  

Click here to read the full article


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Posted on 20/10/2015 in Legal Updates

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