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In this week's Briefing: An All Party Parliamentary Group has been set up for Philanthropy and Social Investment. The government has published a new International Education Strategy outlining plans to increase student numbers and income generated from international education.
In this week's Briefing: A Private Member’s Bill to give charity trustees the right to unpaid time off work has had its first reading in parliament. The Fundraising Regulator has announced changes to its funding levy for the years Sept 19/20 and Sept 20/21.
In this week's Briefing: Fundraising Regulator has referred 59 charities to the Information Commissioner’s Office and to the Charity Commission for failing to act on suppression requests submitted via the Fundraising Preference Service. The Department for Education has published its proposals on relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education.
Fundraising Regulator refers charities to the ICO. The message is: don't ignore unsubscribe requests! >
Following the news made public on Monday that the Fundraising Regulator has referred 59 charities to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to comply with requests to unsubscribe made via the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS), the regulatory focus is again on marketing and fundraising.
Bates Wells have been supporting and advising a coalition of leading charities who are calling on the Charity Commission and Attorney General to seek a landmark ruling on whether and how charities should align their investments with their objects and their duty to provide public benefit.
In this week's Briefing: The updated Code of Fundraising Practice will not now be published until summer 2019. The Fundraising Regulator has announced changes to the time period charities have to action requests made by donors via the Fundraising Preference Service.
In this week's Briefing: The International Development Secretary has published an update on DFID’s work on safeguarding. The Children's Commissioner for England has published a report on home schooling. Two trading subsidiaries of a Scottish charity have been unsuccessful in their appeals against OSCR’s refusal to register them as charities.
In this week's Briefing: The Charity Commission has published “Dealing with wrongdoing and harm”, a report setting out lessons for trustees from the Commission’s compliance work. A new system alerting charities to when they have been left money in wills is to be established by HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
In this week's Briefing: HMRC has published an updated Sponsorship VAT Notice with new content on crowdfunding. NCVO has launched “Time Well Spent” a report detailing the findings from its national survey on the volunteer experience.
In this week's Briefing: NCVO has published a final version of the Charity Ethical Principles (previously described at the consultation stage as a Code of Ethics). The Church of England has published guidance on reporting a safeguarding serious incident to the Charity Commission.
In this week's Briefing: New legislation introduced by the government from 9 January makes cold calls about pensions illegal in some circumstances. More than 6,000 “uniformed” group places are being created for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across England.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
In this week's Briefing: The Charity Commission has published the final report of its safeguarding taskforce. The government has issued notices explaining the impact of a “no deal” Brexit on ownership, accounting and reporting of UK companies with an EU presence and EU companies with a presence in the UK. This week is charity fraud awareness week.
In this week's Briefing: The Local Government Association has issued a briefing covering the issues for local government associated with a Brexit "no deal" scenario. The Information Commissioner's Office has expanded its guidance on exemptions to the GDPR. The Prime Minister has launched the Government’s first loneliness strategy.
In this week's Briefing: A Manchester firm has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for making thousands of nuisance direct marketing phone calls. The government has announced a £240 million “social care investment” to ease NHS winter pressures. Five Youth Performance Partnerships are to be created in England to give young people greater access to the performing arts.
The Charity Commission has published its updated ‘Statement of Strategic Intent’, which sets out its key objectives over the next five years.