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General Election and legal restrictions >

Theresa May’s shock announcement of a General Election, to be held on 8 June, took most of the country by surprise. Although she will need the support of two-thirds of MPs under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act to push ahead with her plans, the Labour Party’s immediate support makes it likely that she will pass that hurdle without difficulty in a Parliamentary vote tomorrow (Wednesday 19 April).

Posted on 18 Apr 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities & Social Enterprises | 12 April 2017 >

In this week's Briefing, the Charity Commission has launch new templates for preparation of accounts; Civil Exhange has published a new report; the House of Commons and House of Lords' Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a new report; the Information Commissioner's Office has launched a new set of resources aimed at improving records management in the health sector; and new report has been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

Posted on 12 Apr 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

Stronger charities for a stronger society: the report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities >

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities published its report on 26 March 2017, making 13 pages of recommendations designed to “ensure that charities thrive in the years to come and have greater confidence in themselves”. Whilst the report is an encouraging recognition of the complex issues that the sector is currently facing, it will be interesting to see the Government’s response and subsequent debates.

Posted on 06 Apr 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities & Social Enterprises | 29 March 2017 >

In this week's Briefing: the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has launched a new inquiry; the Advertising Standards Authority's Compliance team has published new guidance for commercial participants in door-to-door charity bag collections; two companies have been fined a total of £83,000; and the Committee on standards in public life is undertaking a follow-up review of the Nolan Principles. 

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

HCA: Deregulatory measures for social housing >

From 6 April 2017 the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which regulates the provision of social housing in England, will move away from its current consents regime to a new ‘notification and registration’ regime. This follows changes brought in by the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities & Social Enterprises | 16 March 2017 >

In this week's Briefing, the Charity Commission has begun a consultation on how it should approach registering organisations that promote complementary and alternative medicines; the Office of Tax Simplification has published an interim report on its review of the UK's VAT system; A4ID has published a summary of EU registration option for NGIs considering how to respond to Brexit; and the King's Fun has published its response to the Spring Budget. 

Posted on 16 Mar 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities & Social Enterprises | 07 March 2017 >

In this week's Briefing, NCVO is to set up an independent commission to carry out a full review of the charity tax system; the Dormant Assets Commission has identified up to £2bn of untapped assets which could be redirected to good causes; and New Philanthropy Capital has published a guide for funders “Making your funding go further”.

Posted on 07 Mar 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) >

The long awaited Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), the new legal form for charities became available in January 2013. The first CIOs – including The Better Way To Be Foundation, established by BWB partners for their own charitable giving - were registered on 2 January.

Posted on 03 Mar 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing for Charities & Social Enterprises | 28 February 2017 >

In this week's Briefing, the Charity Commission has issued a regulatory alert warning charities against using cash couriers following a number of recent cases involving the seizure of charitable funds; the Department of Health has published guidance aimed at people who buy social care services; the Local Government Association has updated its guide to publicity.

Posted on 02 Mar 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB advise on Social Impact Bonds >

A common complaint about SIBs is that they are complicated. Often the appropriate response to this is, ‘of course they are’. The aim is to create new forms of service delivery, working with service users with multiple issues. They involve a range of stakeholders who share some common objectives (based around the intended social impact) but also have their own organisational imperatives. David Hunter talks about two recent SIBs on which he and BWB have advised.

Posted on 23 Feb 2017 in Legal Updates Read More >