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The Charity Commission has today published its long-anticipated new guidance on “Charities with a connection to a non-charity”, following its publication of draft guidance in February of last year.
In our March 2019 edition of Legacies Roundup, we consider the recently reported case of Ellott v Cimarron UK Ltd, examine the possible effects of Brexit on legacy giving, and take a look at the issues surrounding post-death access to digital assets.
In this week's Briefing: The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has published “Community engagement and EU Exit: guidance for local authorities”. The Home Secretary has boosted funding for next year’s places of worship protective security.
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.
Employment Insight: Discrimination on Grounds of Religious Belief – Whose Protected Characteristic is it Anyway? >
It is a well-known tenet of employment law that employees are protected from discrimination by their employer, in respect of a number of “protected characteristics”, from day one of their employment.
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.
Have you been considering whether to transfer the current trading activities of a private company into multiple subsidiaries? Our briefing will guide you through the pros and cons.
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.
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 April and 30 September 2018 (“the specified period”).
The Fundraising Regulator has changed its investigations process - for any complaints received after today, 1 March 2019, it will publish the names of charities (and other organisations) it investigates.
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.
It has been a year of constant changes to the UK’s immigration system and there are several key changes that could impact faith based organisations.
The results of a recent poll conducted by ACAS suggest that the current political stalemate is matched by a degree of frustration in the workplace over the slow pace of change to attitudes and culture. Workers report that their number one concern remains balancing work and home life (53%). However, the majority (63%) think flexible working arrangements will stay about the same in the next year.
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.
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Government Responds to Interim Report and Recommendations >
On 19 December 2018, the Government published its response to the recommendations set out in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA) Interim Report (which was published in April 2018).
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.