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In this week's Briefing: The Charity Commission has published a report setting out the results of its post-implementation review of The Charities (Total Return) Regulations 2013. The Department of Health and Social Care has published EU exit operational readiness guidance for the health and social care sector.
In this week's Briefing: The Information Commissioner’s Office has published an update on data protection and Brexit. The Department of Health and Social Care has announced £1 billion of funding to upgrade NHS services in England.
In our last Legacies Roundup of 2018, we consider the government’s proposal to increase probate fees and what it means for the charity sector, take a look at HMRC’s review of the taxation of trusts, and look back at some of the other issues legacy professionals have had to tackle this year.
In this week's Briefing: The Charity Commission has issued a regulatory alert to charitable think tanks. The government has published its response to the House of Commons International Development Committee’s report on Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector.
It’s no secret that the European emperors of old had ambitions to extend their reach beyond the borders of Europe. Some of the same aims (though with far less aggressive tactics!) could be said to be behind certain aspect of European law as it seeks to regulate organisations located outside Europe.
In this week's Briefing: The Government has published a “Code of Conduct for Recipients of Government General Grants”. The Fundraising Regulator has announced it will name all organisations it investigates, whether the complaint is upheld or not. A new report released by CAF shows the continued rise of donor advised funds in the UK.
Those running historic buildings and heritage sites no doubt wish for the widest possible cross-section of the general public to visit and enjoy their properties. However, with the government reporting that 14 million people in the UK have some sort of disability, it's essential to consider making reasonable adjustments for visitors with disabilities.
In this week's Briefing: From 17 December, new regulations will give the Information Commissioner's Office power to fine officers of a body corporate up to £500,000 for breach of the rules on the use of automated calling systems and unsolicited direct marketing. The Department for Education has published updated statutory guidance on opening and closing local authority-maintained schools.
In this week's Briefing: The Charity Commission has updated and reformatted its Operational Guidance on students’ unions. A new Charity Digital Code has been published. The Information Commissioner’s Office is consulting on an updated direct marketing code of practice.
In this week's briefing: The Charity Commission updated guidance on the display of trustee legal names on the charity register. HMRC guide to completing a charity’s Gift Aid Schedule. Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh, appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society. The Information Commissioner’s Office publishes a report to Parliament “Investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns”. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government updated Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities (2018). The Financial Reporting Council project to challenge existing thinking about corporate reporting.
As the festive season approaches, employers should consider whether they may be held responsible for the actions of their employees at the inevitable social events that will take place.
In this week's briefing: The British Academy launched its Future of the Corporation report. The Information Commissioner’s Office has published two new sets of guidance on encryption and passwords. The Department for Education has published updated statutory guidance on making significant changes to maintained schools. The Fraud Advisory Panel has published “An introduction to moving money safely”. The Financial Conduct Authority have opened up a debate on fair pricing in financial services.
Bates Wells' Corporate and Banking teams have acted for ReSolve on its investment into The Debt Advisor Limited >
ReSolve is a business advisory investment house, providing advice and capital to businesses facing changing circumstances and The Debt Advisor specialises in “doing the right thing” for debt management.
Following the resignation of Tracey Crouch as Minister for Civil Society, Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) have issued a call to action asking the Prime Minister to create a dedicated Minister for Social Enterprise and Inclusive Economy in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
In this week's Briefing: The Budget included several welcome tax announcements for charities. Over 80 sector organisations have joined together to form the Brexit Civil Society Alliance. The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued the maximum possible fine of £500,000 to Facebook for failing to protect users’ personal information. Over 120 organisations have co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister about a crisis in children’s services. The Care Quality Commission has published a consultation on the fees that it proposes to charge providers in 2019/20.
Charity Fraud Awareness Week gave us all a lot to think about. One area that charities should not overlook is legacy fraud. We all know that legacies are a vital source of income for charities, and last year saw legacy income at a record high.
The Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”) provide some important rights for all workers in the UK (apart from the genuinely self-employed who are working on a business-client basis, and certain narrow categories of workers who are exempt from some provisions).
Disputes between directors, shareholders and business partners can raise a whole range of legal issues. William Garnett outlines the issues that may arise.