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In this week's Briefing: The Charity Commission is seeking feedback on how they can improve their regulatory advice and guidance to better support charities working internationally. The annual report of the Chief Schools Adjudicator has been published. An independent review of foster care in England has been published.
The Charity Commission has today issued new draft guidance on its expectations for charities that have a ‘long-term close relationship’ with connected non-charities.
The decision of the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Bancoult No 3) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Respondent)  UKSC 3, published on 8 February 2018, provides an overview of when the court will admit leaked intelligence material as evidence.
In this week's Briefing: The Commission has now published the application form for a waiver of automatic disqualification as a trustee or senior manager of a charity. Further information is in the press release. The Charity Commission has published "Tackling Abuse and Mismanagement 2016-17", its annual report of its compliance casework Shelter has launched a commission into the future of social housing.
In this week's Briefing: The Commission has issued advice to charities that have received donations from The Presidents Club Charitable Trust. The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has this week released a report on the potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.
The monthly quota for non-EEA nationals sponsored under the Tier 2 (General) Visa category has been reached for the second time in 2 consecutive months since its implementation in 2011.
Charity trustees have a duty to protect their charity’s assets and the Commission has specific guidance on how to protect your charity from fraud.
In this week's Briefing, HRMC has withdrawn its ChA1 form from its website, replacing it with an "application for recognition from HMRC for your charity", and published new internal guidance on grants on contracts; the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry to investigate the ways in which taking part in culture activities can have a positive impact on helath; and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland's registration list has been renamed "the combined list".
In Muhammed v Leprosy Mission International, BWB's Lucy McLynn acted for Leprosy Mission Internation in a groundbreaking case which had wide-ranging implications for hiring practices in some religious-ethos organisations.
The Charity Commission has announced that the remaining provisions of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 will be coming into force on 1 February and 1 August 2018.
In this week's Briefing, the Charity Commission has announced that the 2016 Act provisions on automatic disqualification of trustees will now be brought into force on 1 August 2018; the Department of Education has published updated privacy notice modeil documents for local authorities; and the Government has announced a funding pot of £1.7m to support and create mutual organisations to deliver public services.
2017 represented a sea change in the Employment Tribunal system and 2018 looks set to be another busy year for HR and employment law practitioners.
In this week's Briefing, the Information Commissioner's Offcie has published a set of FAQs on GDPR specifically aimed at charities; the Government has published its response to the report of the House of Lords Committee on Charities; an inquiry into Grenfell Tower has been launched by the Equality and Human Right Commission; and BWB have announced that it will be opening a new charity hub in 2018.
Get Ready for changes to the 2018 Annual Return - Charity Commission confirms new questions will be added >
The Charity Commission announced on the 3 January that they will be changing the annual return for charities. This will apply to charities where their financial year ends on or after 1 January 2018.
On 1 January 2018, new rules came into force allowing charitable companies to convert into charitable incorporated organisations, or CIOs.
In December 2017, the Charity Commission published a revised safeguarding strategy and the Local Government Association published “Making Safeguarding Personal: What might ‘good’ look like for those working in the housing sector?”.