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Self regulation of fundraising - NCVO has invited the fundraising charities to a summit about the future of fundraising regulation to be held on 4 December. More details in today’s Briefing.

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At a glance

The Association of Chairs has published “A Question of Balance – a guide to the Chair and Chief Executive relationship” aimed at helping Chairs explore and strengthen the relationship they have with their CEO.

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts has published a report into government funding of Kids Company.

The government has now taken steps to deregulate from April 2016 incidental non-commercial, private society, work and residents' lotteries.

On 4 November 2015, the Education Funding Agency published updated information about academy admissions arrangements for entry in September 2017.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into cybersecurity and the protection of personal data online, following a cyberattack on telecom and internet service provider TalkTalk's website.


Charity Commission

Has published:

  • statement following recent press coverage about the Ghulam Mustafa Trust, the posting of a video on the charity’s website and content on it is Facebook page. See this Civil Society Media article for the background.
  • press release about what it means for trustees to “act in your charity’s best interests”  

A former trustee of the removed charity Rainbow Rooms, has been sentenced to 28 months for a range of offences, four months of which relate to the charge of supplying false information to the commission.  

Last week Sir John Major gave the 18th Annual Hinton Lecture and concluded by saying:

“As a general principle, I am not an admirer of regulators. I am therefore surprised to have reached the conclusion that we would be wise to expand the remit, and the funding, of the Charity Commissioners. I believe, in so doing, we can improve the chance of eliminating malpractice and scandals in a charity sector that has an annual income of nearly £70bn. I see advantages in the Commission engaging with more charities and encouraging ‘friendly’ mergers. They could act as a catalyst for change by encouraging charities to become transformative as well as palliative. If this is beyond their remit and resources now, then we need to change their remit and increase their resources.”


Governance

The Association of Chairs has published “A Question of Balance – a guide to the Chair and Chief Executive relationship” aimed at helping Chairs explore and strengthen the relationship they have with their CEO.


Tax and VAT

Changes to Gift Aid Declarations from April 2016 - BWB’s Bill Lewis has clarified with HMRC that:

  • Charities holding enduring GADs do not need to ask donors to sign new ones
  • Charities asking donors to complete new GADs (whether on paper or electronically) have until 5 April 2016 to adopt the new wording

Government funding

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts has published a report into government funding of Kids Company. 


Accounting

The Financial Reporting Council has published a letter of advice to smaller listed and AIM companies on how to improve annual reports in areas of particular interest to investors.


Fundraising

Self regulation

Civil Society media reports that NCVO has invited fundraising charities to a summit about the future of fundraising regulation to be held on 4 December.  The summit will take place at NCVO between 10.30 and 13.00 on Friday 4 December and will be attended by Rob Wilson, minister for civil society and by William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission. The event will be live streamed and questions can be posed via twitter.

PACAC Inquiry

transcript of evidence given by Sir Stuart Etherington, Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society, William Shawcross, Chairman, and Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement, Charity Commission has now been published.  

Lotteries

The government has now taken steps to deregulate from April 2016 incidental non-commercial, private society, work and residents' lotteries. These changes have been fairly widely trailed and consulted on and are intended to make it easier for small scale lotteries to be used to raise money for charities and good causes.

FRSB Adjudicationv

The Board of the FRSB has ruled that:

  • Diabetes UK breached four clauses of the Institute of Fundraising’s (IoF’s) Code of Fundraising Practice in relation to a pedometer fundraising campaign. 
  • The agency Listen Ltd was also found to have breached one clause of the Code.

Social finance

The CAN Early Intervention Fund has secured match funding from Funding London that will enable the fund to double the loans they can offer and expand to 16 boroughs across London.


Social investment

The government is consulting on making it easier for companies that enter into multiple spot purchase social impact bonds to be eligible for investments that attract social investment tax relief, by eliminating the need for separate accreditation of each contract. The consultation closes on 30 November 2015.


Social impact

NPC has published a report on measuring the well-being of young people with special educational needs. 


Social enterprise

The Government has highlighted the support available for British social enterprises to export during Export Week.


Education

Schools

On 4 November 2015, the Education Funding Agency  published updated information about academy admissions arrangements for entry in September 2017.  

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on religious education in schools in England.  

Also see item under Northern Ireland below.


Health and social care

The Care and Wellbeing Fund has launched with £12 million of investment from Big Society Capital and Macmillan Cancer Support. The fund will be used to develop and scale new and existing community care services for people affected by cancer and other long term conditions. Its first investment will tackle loneliness and social isolation in Worcestershire.

NAVCA has published its response to the Department of Health VCSE review.


Counter terrorism

On 25th November Matt Shillito from Liverpool University Charity Law and Policy Unit will speak about 'Dealing With Risk by Avoiding it: How the Approach of Banks and Financial Institutions to their Counter-Terrorist Financing Obligations is Harming the Non-Profit Sector’ -  The event will take place in London from 6pm-7pm.  Matt Shillito, will be building upon his PhD research and looking at the impact of banks’ behaviour upon the non-profit sector, in their attempts to fulfil their counter-terrorist financing obligations.  See here for more information and to book a free place. 


Refugees

The government has published this webpage “Syria refugees – what you can do to help”


Faith based organisations

See item under Education – Schools above.


Environment

Over a hundred organisations, including Social Enterprise UK, have come together to ask the Governmentto reconsider excluding community energy from the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Social Investment Tax Relief.  


Data protection/Freedom of information

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into cybersecurity and the protection of personal data online, following a cyberattack on telecom and internet service provider TalkTalk's website.  

A South Wales-based lead generation company has been fined £120,000 by the ICO for making unsolicited automated marketing calls.

The Information Commissioner's Office has:

  • announced that it has updated and revised a number of pieces of its guidance following the coming into force of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

Northern Ireland

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published new guidance aimed at supporting schools in knowing whether or not they are required to apply for charity registration. Until recently, it was not clear whether schools in Northern Ireland would meet the criteria for charity registration.


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Posted on 18/11/2015 in Legal Updates

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