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Many charities in England and Wales may find that they fall within the scope of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in a number of possible ways.
It is expected that the Goddard Inquiry will shortly commence its investigation into the extent to which institutions and organisations based in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibilities to protect children outside the UK from sexual abuse.
Charities with sponsorship or fundraising arrangements with commercial organisations should read the Charity Commission’s recent report on Age UK and E.on. See details in today’s Briefing.
The BWB Sports team wanted to check you were aware of the HMRC consultation launched a few weeks ago.
Goddard Inquiry blog: are NHS organisations (or former organisations) the next focus of the Goddard Inquiry? >
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has announced 13 investigations to date and has this month launched the very first hearings in the Royal Courts of Justice in the public hearing phase of the inquiry’s work.
In order for an organisation’s decision to be subject to judicial review, that organisation must have been exercising a public function.
Charities and companies considering campaigning in relation to the EU referendum should see guidance published by the Electoral Commission and the government last week – more details in today’s Briefing.
The first preliminary hearings in the Public Hearings Project of the Goddard Inquiry were held in March. The transcripts of the hearings (available on the Inquiry’s website https://www.iicsa.org.uk/) offer a helpful insight into the proceedings of the Inquiry.
ACEVO and NCVO report receiving a “disappointing” response from the government on the issue of the new anti-advocacy clause in government grants.
Throughout March, the Goddard Inquiry held preliminary hearings into allegations of child sexual abuse involving the Anglican Church and allegations of child sexual abuse in Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale, the care of Lambeth Council and by Lord Greville Janner.
BWB’s Charity Legacies, Trusts & Probate Disputes team continues to be busy with a wide range of legacy-related matters. Highlights this month include advising on a difficult property legacy in Northern Ireland, and assisting a number of clients with changing the purposes of restricted legacies.
Established charitable companies may be able to convert to charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) from later this year. See today’s Briefing for a consultation on conversion regulations.
On 24 March 2016, James Brokenshire (The Minister of State for Immigration) announced reforms to the Tier 2 skilled work route with the aim of reducing the increasing number of migrants and reliance on them to fill shortages in the UK labour market.
In response to the multiple allegations made against senior figures in all areas of public life regarding child sexual abuse, the Home Secretary has called the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard.
Lord Hodgson has published his independent review into the Lobbying Act. BWB has also prepared a detailed briefing in relation to the Charity Commission's new guidance concerning the EU Referendum. BWB is calling for the guidance to be amended and/or clarified. See today’s Briefing for more details.