Government grants and charity lobbying

Plenty of media coverage on the statement from the government’s Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that charities would be stripped of grants if they campaigned against government. Civil Society News article, for instance. The official press release, with quotes and link to the full statement to Parliament, is at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eric-pickles-cracks-down-wasteful-spending-of-government-lobbying-government

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Welsh government gets Welsh domain names

The Welsh Government has switched its main website over to the .wales and .cymru domains. www.wales.gov.uk becomes www.gov.wales, and www.cymru.gov.uk is www.llyw.cymru.

Changes to other Welsh Government sites will follow, and the domains are also being developed so that local authorities can adopt the format “councilname”.gov.wales and “councilname”.llyw.cymru.

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Drafting new guidance on the Scottish ‘charity test’

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has produced new draft guidance about how it interprets and applies the charity test.

The guidance explains what OSCR takes into consideration when deciding if an organisation can become, or continue to be, a charity in Scotland. These are also the things that charity trustees should be thinking about to make sure their charity continues to comply with this part of Scottish Charity law.

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NCVO takes over services around mentoring

Core services undertaken by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation are to be transferred to NCVO, with a target date of 31st March.

MBF helps organisations to increase the effectiveness and quality of their mentoring and befriending services. The three staff working on the delivery of this will join NCVO’s volunteering and development department, but will continue to operate from Manchester, based in the offices of GMCVO.

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