Government policies around the world squeeze the sector

The hostile rhetoric and regressive policies of governments around the world is stopping non-governmental organisations speaking out and is limiting their freedom to manage their own finances. So claims a report from Charities Aid Foundation, released 22nd May, describing a wave of policies weakening the independence of not-for-profit organisations.

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Revised guidance on conflicts of interest

The Charity Commission has published revised guidance for charity trustees on conflicts of interest.

Improperly handled conflicts of interest have been a frequent issue across the Commission’s casework, and the guidance has been designed to improve general levels of understanding and to be clearer about what is expected of charities and their trustees. There is a high level summary as well as detailed guidance (CC29), plus a paper setting out the legal underpinning.

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Updated health and safety material for leisure activities

The Health and Safety Executive has updated its guidance and website section for those involved in leisure activities.

For example, a ‘checklist for premises e.g. community halls’ (itself dated March 2011) is linked from the front page at http://www.hse.gov.uk/entertainment/leisure/index.htm, with a page for amateur sports clubs at http://www.hse.gov.uk/entertainment/leisure/amateur-sports-club.htm.

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Top security issues in protecting online services data

From Bates Wells Braithwaite Briefing:

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a new security report highlighting eight of the most common IT security vulnerabilities that have resulted in organisations failing to keep people’s information secure. These are:
a failure to keep software security up to date; a lack of protection from SQL injection; the use of unnecessary services; poor decommissioning of old software and services; the insecure storage of passwords; failure to encrypt online communications; poorly designed networks processing data in inappropriate areas; and the continued use of default credentials including passwords.

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