The recently established Joint (parliamentary) Committee on the draft Protection of Charities Bill has issued its Call for Evidence. The committee is due to report in February, so has a tight timetable with a 16th December deadline for written evidence....
The Clothworkers’ Company, Prospectus and other partners are considering continuing their work in promoting good governance by introducing an awards event “to acknowledge great governance and to uncover great examples to act as a beacon for others”.
Research from HM Revenue and Customs has found that donors are put off claiming Gift Aid because they believe there will be a cost to the charity or themselves, and don’t want to share personal information in case of further fundraising contacts. The research is part of government moves to encourage greater use of Gift Aid.
New guidance to help anyone thinking about setting up a new Northern Ireland charity was launched during Trustees Week by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
Scottish charity regulator OSCR has just (19th November) revamped its website, http://www.oscr.org.uk.
The Charity Commission has set up a “rapid response case handling system” to follow up on reported concerns about campaigning activities of charities. The unit will evaluate cases in the run-up to the general election next year, and these will be reviewed after the election to see if Commission guidance on charity campaigning (CC9) might need changing.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published its first snapshot report from the new register of charities.
The average age of trustees is 55 years, with an even gender split, but only 1 per cent are aged 18-24, and the same percentage have an ethnicity other than white. This profile could change as more charities appear on the register.
Help from communities and social action network Locality:
- A guide for community organisations thinking of taking on a local post office, based on the story of Darnall Forum in Sheffield, via http://locality.org.uk/blog/run-community-post-office/.