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The House of Commons Parliamentary and Constitutional Affairs Committee has published its report into what it describes as the “2015 fundraising controversy”. See today's Briefing for sector reaction.

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At a glance

This week, the Charities Bill has its third reading in the House of Commons.

The Fundraising Standards Board has published its “Report into Charity Fundraising Practices instigated by the Mrs Olive Cooke case”.

The Department for Education has published a consultation on improving information in identifying children missing education.

Charity Commission

Charities which are overdue to file their accounts

The Commission has highlighted that donors can use the search function on the Charity Commission website to check which charities in their local area have failed to file up to date accounts.  


The Commission has published another inquiry report into a “double defaulter” charity (i.e. one in default of its statutory obligations to meet reporting requirements), this time, The East Anglia Transport Museum Society Limited (registered charity number 268204).

The Commission has also named a further 14 charities as part of the class inquiry into double defaulters.

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill

The Charities Bill has its third reading in the House of Commons today (Tuesday 26th January). This means the Bill, if approved, could receive Royal Assent and become law within a matter of weeks.


NPC has published a briefing paper “Trusteeship in small charities: practical tips and advice”.  


PACAC report

The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has published its report on fundraising “The 2015 Charity Fundraising controversy: lessons for trustees, the Charity Commission and Regulators".

See below for comment from:

FRSB report into Olive Cooke

The Fundraising Standards Board has published its “Report into Charity Fundraising Practices instigated by the Mrs Olive Cooke case”. 

Charity law reform

Professor Elizabeth Cooke (formerly at the Law Commission) is speaking in February about “Charity Law and the Boundaries of Non-Political Law Reform”. The event is in Liverpool on Thursday 18th February 2016, 6-7pm.  Free tickets can be booked here.


NPC has published “Measuring your campaigning impact: An introduction”.

Social finance


The Financial Conduct Authority is consulting on changes to client money rules for firms operating crowdfunding platforms. This FCA consultation paper (CP16/4) is aimed at firms that operate loan-based crowdfunding platforms. It proposes rules to simplify client money requirements for firms that operate electronic systems relating to peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms and hold both regulated and unregulated client money accounts.  The consultation closes on 11 February 2016.

The Cabinet Office has updated its guidance to include details of how spot purchase social impact contractors can apply for accreditation under the social investment tax relief scheme.

Social impact

NPC has published these briefing papers:

Also see item under Campaigning above.

Social enterprise

E3M has launched four short videos:

  • The Role of Social Enterprise and Public Services
  • E3M A catalyst for Change
  • E3M Case study – LEYF
  • E3m Case Study – CASA

They are available to view from the E3M website and the new E3M YouTube channel.

Also see below for details of an upcoming E3M event at which BWB Partner Julian Blake will be speaking.


See this Department of Education press release announcing that new rules will stop complaints against faith schools from secularist campaign groups.

The Department for Education has published a consultation on improving information in identifying children missing education, so that authorities can target resources more effectively to find those children and ensure that they are safe and receive a suitable accommodation. The consultation includes introducing obligations across both state and independent schools.

Faith based organisations

See item under Education above.

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Disclaimer - The information contained in this update is not intended to be a comprehensive update - it is our selection of the website announcements made in the week up to last Friday which we think will be of interest to charities and social enterprises. The content is necessarily of a general nature - specific advice should always be sought for specific situations.

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Posted on 26/01/2016 in Legal Updates

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