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BWB regular legal updates, newsletters and bulletins
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).
The Care Quality Commission's future inspection plans will involve more unannounced visits and focused inspections, says CQC's chair >
The CQC's chair Peter Wyman recently announced that the regulator is planning to shift its approach to inspections of health and social care providers, noting that its inspectors gather more tangible findings during an unannounced inspection
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.
The Charity Commission (“CC”) has released its guidance relating to the change in regulation of social housing.
Last month’s Court of Appeal decision in O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy  EWCA Civ 145 raises important practical points for employers considering ill-health dismissals.
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.
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.
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.
In this week's Briefing, registered charities in England and Wales can now apply to register with the Fundraising Regulator; two pieces of Charity Commission guidance have been updated; the Government has launched its Brexit website; and New Philanthropy Capital has published a new report.
Employment Insight - Clarity on the limits to a data controller’s obligations when dealing with DSARs >
Employees, as data subjects, have the right to find out what information their employer is holding about them by exercising their right to make a data subject access request (‘DSAR’) under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’).
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.
UK Visas & Immigration (“UKVI”) has published its quarterly report showing the number of civil penalties for illegal workers found in each region of the UK between 1 July and 30 September 2016 (“the specified period”).
The Charity & Social Enterprise team are pleased to announce their Spring 2017 Update.
Last week’s Supreme Court decision in Newbigin (VO) v S J & J Monk is being heralded as some much needed good news for property developers.
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”.
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.
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.
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.