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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?”.
The Technical & Further Education Act 2017 (“the Act”) will be coming into force from early 2018. The Act aims to reform technical education and help boost the country’s productivity by addressing skill shortages.
In this week's Briefing, the Charity Commission has published a new strategy setting out its role in dealing with safeguarding issues; Sir Stuart Etherington has produced a report on voluntary action; HM Treasury has publised its final consultation response; a new scheme has been launched that aims to double the number of volunteers working in NHS by 2021; the Competition and Markets Authority has published the final report on its market study into care homes for the elderly; and the Association of Chairs has published a new report.
Consultation on changes to Code relating to data protection. The Institute of Fundraising has published its response to the consultation here. BWB has also published its response here
In this week's Briefing, the National Audit Office has published its report on the progress made by the Charity Commission since 2015; the Fundraising Regulator has published two anonymous case studies about complaints it has investigated; HM Treasury has issued a response to its consultation published in August 2017; and BWB and ILM have collaborated to produce a new factsheet.
In this weeks Briefing, three UK charity regulators have published guidance for auditors and independent examiners; various sector bodies have published comment on last week's Budget; the Department for Education has published a consultation seeking views on the implementation of proposed changes to school loan schemes; London Councils havs announced that a health and social care devolution agreement has been signed in relation to London; the Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that housing associations will be re-classified as private bodies; and the new Finance Act has brought into force a change to corporation tax rules.
In light of the recommendation in the Taken on Trust report (2017) that ‘all key stakeholders in the charity sector should review and enhance their advice, support and communications to reflect and draw upon developments in digital technology', we offer the following tips:
In this week's update, the Government has announced its intention to develop a Civil Society Strategy; First Secretary Damian Green has announced that the government will publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018; the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) has launched a series of six films; the Financial Reporting Council has issued revisions to Practice Note 11; the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled on complaints about advertisements by several universities; and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has issued new serious incident reporting guidance.
The UK’s ‘hostile environment’: New Year to bring the first round of quarterly immigration checks on UK bank account holders >
New legislation came into force on 30 October 2017 which requires certain financial institutions in the UK to carry out quarterly checks on individuals who hold specified accounts to confirm that they have UK immigration permission. The first round of these quarterly checks must take place by 31 March 2018.
In this week's Briefing: A charity worker has been prosecuted for making his own copies of sensitive data. Innovate UK has announced an extra £30 million of funding for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which connect UK businesses with an academic or research organisation and qualified graduate to work on innovation projects.
The Home Office has announced today that it has doubled the number of visas available to individuals who are leaders or show exceptional promise in the fields of technology, science, arts and the creative industries.