The Law Commission report and draft Charities Bill >

A draft charities Bill has been published, as part of the Law Commission’s final report into technical issues in charity law. The report has looked at selected issues where the Law Commission considered charity regulation could be streamlined and has recommended a number of amendments to the Charities Act 2011.

Posted on 18 Sep 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises | 12 September 2017 >

In this week's charity briefing, updates from the Fundraising Regulator; the Department of Health and Public Health England are inviting the applications to set up a new social prescribing scheme; the HCA is introducing fees for social housing regulation from 1 October 2027; the Government has established an independent review of full time social action in the UK; and the Office of Scottish Charity Regulator has opened a consultation on its draft fundraising guidance. 

Posted on 12 Sep 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises | 6 September 2017 >

In this week's Briefing, the Charity Commission has publised a group case report into Plymouth Brethren Gospel Hall Trusts; HM Treasury has issued a consultation about increasing the audit thresholds for co-operative and community benefit societies; the Fundraising Regulator has published a list showing the charity payments for year 1 levy; and the Government has outlined proposals for a shared approach on data protection with the EU. 

Posted on 06 Sep 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

Grenfell Inquiry: Terms of Reference announced >

The Terms of Reference into the Grenfell Inquiry were published yesterday to a mixed reaction. It is broader than expected in some senses in that it will look at the emergency and the Government/Council’s response to the disaster, but to the disappointment of others it will not look at the policy and politics surrounding social housing and the level of investment in recent years.

Posted on 16 Aug 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

Government outlines plans for new UK data protection law >

Charities and businesses will be aware that the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to become UK law from 25 May next year. The regulation has “direct effect” meaning that it is binding in the UK and does not need implementing legislation (such as a new Act of Parliament).

Posted on 08 Aug 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises | 18 July 2017 >

In this week's Briefing: the Charity Commission has published its Annual Report and Accounts, as well as a case reports containing key issues dealt with in the run-up to the General Election; the Charity Givernance Code has been launched; Civil Society Futures has issued a call for evidence; and the Law Commission has begun a consultation on overhauling the law relating to wills. 

Posted on 18 Jul 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

Gift Aid - Money without fear >

Gift Aid is one of the most generous fundraising tools available. Despiste the benefits, why is Gift Aid only being paid on around 40% of qualifying donations and what can be done to improve this? Bill Lewis and Barry Gower explain. 

Posted on 13 Jul 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities & Social Enterprises | 27 June 2017 >

In this week's Briefing, the Charity Commission has entered into a series of Memoranda of Understanding with local authorities and the Information Comissioner; various sector bodies have responded to the Queen's Speech; New Philanthropy Capital has published a new report; and the Competition and Markets Authority has publised an update. 

Posted on 27 Jun 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >