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The government has now put forward an amendment to the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill in relation to regulation of fundraising. See today's Briefing for more details.

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At a glance

The Information Commissioner’s Office has found "serious failings" in the way volunteers at a national dementia support charity handled sensitive personal data. 

The ICO has published nine points EU referendum campaign groups should remember if they don’t want to break the rules.

The government has published findings from the final phase of the process evaluation of the payment by results Social Impact Bond pilot at HMP Peterborough. 

NCVO has published a new report “Welfare reform: voices from the voluntary sector”. 

The Prime Minister has announced almost a billion pounds of investment to enhance mental health services across the country.


Charity Commission

Last week, the Commission published the text of two speeches given last summer:

  • The text of a speech given by William Shawcross, Chair of the Charity Commission, to the Princess Royal Charities Forum on 24 June 2015 has just been published; and
  • The text of a speech by Sarah Atkinson (Director of Policy and Communication at the Commission) at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Convention on 7 July 2015.

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill

The government has put forward an amendment to the Bill in relation to regulation of fundraising. The amendment would amend the Charities Act 1992 (which already includes powers for the government to regulate fundraising):

  • To insert a new S64B into the 1992 Act – this would clarify that the government can make regulations to impose on charitable institutions requirements to do any of the following:

             (a) to comply with requirements imposed by a regulator;

             (b) to have regard to guidance issued by a regulator; and

             (c) to be registered with a regulator for the purpose of its regulation of charity fundraising.

  • To insert a new S64C giving the Charity Commission reserve powers to regulate fundraising

See this Civil Society Media article for a summary of discussion of the amendment on 7th January by the Parliamentary Committee examining the Bill.


Governance

See here for a blog published by the Guardian which quotes Tesse Akpeki on the subject of board diversity.


Fundraising

See item under Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill above.

The Institute of Fundraising and Small Charities Coalition are holding a fundraising forum in London on 4th February at 2pm, as part of their consultation with smaller charities about the changes taking place to charity fundraising regulation in the coming months. To register for a place, click here.


Campaigning

See item below under Data protection.


Social finance

The government has published findings from the final phase of the process evaluation of the payment by results Social Impact Bond pilot at HMP Peterborough.


Social investment

See this blog about using social investment to support people with dementia.


Social enterprise

See here for a list of community interest companies registered in December 2015.


Welfare reform

NCVO has published a new report “Welfare reform: voices from the voluntary sector”.


Health

On Monday this week, the Prime Minister announced almost a billion pounds of investment to enhance mental health services across the country including:

  • £290 million to provide specialist care to mums before and after having their babies first ever waiting time targets to be introduced for teenagers with eating disorders and people experiencing psychosis; 
  • nearly £250 million for mental health services in hospital emergency departments; and
  • over £400 million to enable 24/7 treatment in communities as safe and effective alternative to hospital.

Public procurement

New European Single Procurement Document

The European Commission has announced that it adopted the new European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) (Commission notice MEX/16/4). The ESPD is a standardised document that will provide a means for tenderers to prove the absence of grounds for exclusion from a tender.


Data protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office has found "serious failings" in the way volunteers at a national dementia support charity handled sensitive personal data.  It has ordered The Alzheimer’s Society to take action after discovering that volunteers were using personal email addresses to receive and share information about people who use the charity, storing unencrypted data on their home computers and failing to keep paper records locked away.  The ICO also found that volunteers were not trained in data protection, the charity’s policies and procedures were not explained to them and they had little supervision from staff.  

The ICO has published nine points EU referendum campaign groups should remember if they don’t want to break the rules.


Freedom of information

NCVO has published this blog arguing against the call from Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock for the FOI Act to be extended to include charities in receipt of government funding. 


Northern Ireland

The latest edition of CCNI News can be found here and includes articles on:

  • the public consultation on draft accounting and reporting guidance;
  • charities and personal data;
  • the launch of a new register of charities

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Posted on 12/01/2016 in Legal Updates

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