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The Charity Commission and OSCR have jointly launched a consultation on SORP focusing on FRS102.


At a glance

Two health trusts have received substantial fines for data protection breaches.

The Young Foundation has published a new report calling for government and the wider UK social investment sector to increase their use of “gender lens investing”.

The Government has opened bidding to fund health based places of safety to stop those in mental health crisis being held in police cells.

The Care Quality Commission has published a review of end of life care.


Charity Commission

SORP research consultation

The Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator have jointly launched a consultation on SORP focusing on FRS102. The Commission’s statement can be found here. Views are sought (by 11 December 2016) on:

  • the SORP’s structure, format and accessibility
  • implementation issues that require improvements to the SORP
  • SORP Committee members’ suggestions for changes to the SORP
  • charity regulator themes for making changes to the SORP
  • your ideas for items to remove, change or add to improve the SORP

The consultation document can be viewed on the SORP microsite.

Regulatory Case Reports – Roddick Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Commission has published case reports into both Roddick Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust regarding these charities’ grants to the non-charitable organisation Cage.


Charity law cases

The Upper Tribunal has ruled on the time limit for an appeal against a Charity Commission decision not to register a CIO. The Tribunal agreed with the Commission that the time limit runs from the time the applicants for registration are notified of the decision.  The case was brought by Stephen Hunt in relation to Annuity Helpline.


Charitable Incorporated Organisation

A reminder that the Cabinet Office is consulting on regulations to allow charitable companies and community interest companies to convert to the new charitable form the CIO. One anomalous feature of the consultation is that it does not mention conversion of community benefit societies to CIOs (which is something envisaged in the 2011 Charities Act).  Respondents to the consultation may want to comment on the likely demand for this as well. 


Grants

NCVO, ACEVO and SEUK have said there must be clear and comprehensive consultation on the anti-advocacy clause in government grants and on any proposed changes to it.


Social investment

The Young Foundation has published a new report calling for government and the wider UK social investment sector to increase their use of “gender lens investing”. Gender lens investing uses capital to simultaneously generate financial return and advance gender equality.


Education

Schools

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued this comment on gender segregation at a school in Luton.  

Higher education

The High Court has held that the University of Southampton  did not unlawfully interfere with a conference organisers' rights of freedom of expression and assembly when the University withdrew its permissions to hold a planned conference titled "International Law and State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism".  See here for the full judgment.


Health

The Government has opened bidding to fund health based places of safety to stop those in mental health crisis being held in police cells.   

The Care Quality Commission has published a review of end of life care.  

Also see item under Data protection below.


Philanthropy

CAF has urged the new London Mayor to strengthen the city’s position as the ‘world’s philanthropy capital’.


Data protection

Two health trusts have received substantial fines for data protection breaches:

  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the clinic, has been fined £180,000 after a newsletter sent to 700 users of an HIV service showed the email addresses of all the other recipients.  The ICO found there had been a serious breach of the Data Protection Act, which was likely to have caused substantial distress.  
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £185,000 after inadvertently publishing workers’ confidential data including their National Insurance number, date of birth, religious belief and sexual orientation in March 2014.  

Public bodies

The Cabinet Office has published new guidance on the classification of public bodies. The new guidance has been produced in response to a government report into the system of classification of public bodies, which was also published on 27 April 2016. The report recommends promoting efficiency and accountability among arms length bodies (ALBs), and reducing the number of types of central government ALBs to three main categories: Executive Agency, Non-Departmental Public Body and Non-Ministerial Department.

The classification guidance sets out the different categories of the UK's public bodies, and:

  • Provides a high-level introduction to the early decision-making process for establishing public bodies.
  • Summarises the main characteristics of different types of public bodies.
  • Provides information on the some of the legacy forms of public bodies that still exist.

Civil society infrastructure in London

new report on local civil society infrastructure in London has been published.


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Posted on 10/05/2016 in Legal Updates

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