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The Prime Minister has used the Charity Commission's AGM to announce her "shared society" agenda.

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At a glance

Nick Temple, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, has set out six things to look out for in 2017.

The Care Quality Commission has announced partnerships with national charities as part of the “Tell us about your care” scheme.

Charity Commission

Annual Public Meeting

The Commission’s Annual Public meeting was held on Monday 9th January.  The headlines about the meeting are dominated by the Prime Minister’s speech announcing her “shared society” agenda, although the voluntary sector was only mentioned briefly; for the full speech see here. Other Government coverage of the speech can be found here, and from the Commission itself.

During the meeting the Commission published a revised “regulatory statement” setting out its approach and priorities.


Fundraising Regulator

The Fundraising Regulator has announced the appointment of Richard Newton as its Board Member for Wales.

Social finance

GoFundMe, a US personal online fundraising platform which enables individuals and organisations to fundraise for life events, causes and challenging circumstances, has appointed a new head of UK communications as part of its efforts to expand its user base in Europe. GoFundMe has raised more than £57m in the UK, and £2.5bn worldwide, since its first launch in 2010.

Social enterprise

Nick Temple, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, has set out six things to look out for in 2017.

Social value

See here for a blog from Social Enterprise UK about how a new procurement note could have a big impact on how social value is delivered.



The Department for Education is working with Crown Commercial Services to negotiate bulk deals for schools on tablets, laptops and desktop devices.  

Further education

Imperial College London and the London School of Economics (LSE) have been awarded a share of £52 million to lead cutting-edge research in biomedical engineering and the social sciences.


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced new partnerships with a number of national charities to “ensure that the views and experiences of people who use services always remain at the heart of our regulation of health and social care in England”.  As partners in the CQC’s ‘Tell us about your care’ scheme, the charities will:

  • Be able to pass on information to the CQC about health care services and experiences; and
  • Help identify best practice examples of where high-quality and compassionate care is being provided so that others can learn from them.

International development

In response to criticisms of cash transfers BOND has rounded up some recent resources and opinions from social media showing their effectiveness.

Corporate foundations/corporate philanthropy

One in four people say they are more inclined to apply for jobs with firms that have a strong track record of supporting charities, new research commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) shows.

Trade associations

The Competition and Markets Authority has fined five model agencies and their trade association, the Association of Model Agents, for colluding on prices for modelling services. The fines total over £1.5m.

Data protection

Former employees of Enterprise-Rent-A-Car have been sentenced for conspiring to steal customer information that accident claims companies could use to make nuisance calls and sell on as personal injury claims.  Three defendants all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit offences under the Data Protection Act.  The maximum fine was £7,500 (to be paid within two years or the defendant faces three months custody). Enterprise-Rent-A-Car has previously issued civil proceedings against the defendants. This resulted in the defendants paying the company £400,000 in civil compensation in total between them.

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Posted on 10/01/2017 in Legal Updates

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