Revising guidance for charity trustees in Scotland

Scottish charity regulator OSCR has done a full revision of its Charity Trustee guidance, and would like the sector to give feedback on the draft.

‘Guidance for Charity Trustees’ has been updated in light of the Scottish Charity Regulator’s experience over the past nine years, and aims to support those running the country’s 24,900 charities in meeting their legal duties.

The intent is to set out in a more straightforward way what charity trustees must consider, so that they meet legal requirements, ensure that their charities are well-run, and avoid some of the common problems that can arise. » Continue reading news item ... “Revising guidance for charity trustees in Scotland”

New consumer rights regulations explained

Voluntary organisations providing goods or services directly to consumers should already be aware of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 coming into force from 1st October (in England and Wales). The government business department BIS has now published a plain English summary of key elements. This can be downloaded and edited to tailor the wording to particular business circumstances.

The guidance also covers the requirement to provide certain information about Alternative Dispute Resolution to consumers.  » Continue reading news item ... “New consumer rights regulations explained”

Locally led services for those with complex needs

A new report looks at previous reforms to public services for socially excluded groups and makes the case for a locally-led and coordinated programme to support people with multiple and complex needs.

Produced by think tank IPPR, the report proposes areas having considerable freedom to adapt the programme to reflect local circumstances, and joining-up relevant services. 

‘Breaking boundaries: Towards a Troubled Lives programme for people facing multiple and complex needs’ is available in online format or pdf (800KB) from IPPR publication page.

Police can disclose criminal investigations before conviction

From CIPD’s People Management magazine:

The police will be allowed to use their professional judgement to make safeguarding disclosures about individuals prior to conviction, where they believe there is a public protection risk (a “pressing social need”) because of an individual’s employment or voluntary role.

The ‘Common law police disclosure‘ guidance, issued by the Home Office in August, replaces the previous ‘notifiable occupations scheme’. » Continue reading news item ... “Police can disclose criminal investigations before conviction”

Sayer Vincent announces Financial Leadership Award Winners

28 September 2015The winners of Sayer Vincent’sFinancial Leadership awards 2015’ were announced at the annual Charity Accountants Conference in Nottingham on 17-18th September.

Six awards were presented to individuals and teams who championed financial leadership in their organisations. Each winner received a prize of £1000 for training and development in their organisation and the awards were presented by comedian Mark Dolan. » Continue reading news item ... “Sayer Vincent announces Financial Leadership Award Winners”

Conservation opportunities for young people from Trees for Life

Award-winning conservation charity Trees for Life is running a new project to develop high-quality conservation volunteering opportunities for young people, thanks to a grant of £20,000 from the ScottishPower Foundation.

Those benefiting from the initiative include students from Peterborough Open Awards Centre, Aberdeen University, Glasgow University and Leicestershire’s Brooksby Melton College.

“This generous grant from ScottishPower Foundation is excellent news for the Caledonian Forest and its rare species, and for dozens of young people who will be able to study and carry out practical hands-on conservation work – including the establishment of native woodlands and managing land for wildlife,” said Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life’s Executive Director. » Continue reading news item ... “Conservation opportunities for young people from Trees for Life”