Charities and other organisations concerned with citizen access to the justice system are being urged to take part in the consultation on the government’s Transforming Legal Aid proposals. These have been strongly criticised by the Howard League for Penal Reform, http://www.howardleague.org/legal-aid/.
The consultation runs to 4th June, see https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/transforming-legal-aid.
CTXchange, which provides charity access to donated technology products, now has the 2013 version of Microsoft Office Suite available to eligible organisations for a small admin charge.
See April CTT newsletter at https://www.ctt.org/resource_centre/ctt_newsletter/apr_13#ctx.
The national minimum wage will rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18 to 20 year olds from October, the government has announced.
BBC news item at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22153007
NMW rates can be found on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates.
OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator, has published a Memorandum of Understanding with new financial services body the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to regulation of charitable IPSs and Friendly Societies registered with both bodies. This sets out who a charity should contact first for constitutional changes.
In pdf, 1.28MB at http://www.oscr.org.uk/media/34682/fca_mou.pdf.
(From BWB weekly website review)
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) gives some advice, particularly aimed at the approximately 40% of charities in Scotland which have 31st March as their accounting year-end date, on tackling the dreaded accounts preparation.
On Third Force News.
From NCVO, a guide to how the Charity Tribunal works and how to take your case there if you want to challenge a decision of the Charity Commission. ‘The Charity Tribunal: how it works and how you can to use it’ (pdf 1.27MB) at http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/sites/default/files/charity_tribunal.pdf.
(From NCVO Governance Bulletin)