Tuesday (15th December) saw the House of Commons committee stage for the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill, currently going through Parliament.
Civil Society News heads its reporting ‘Shadow minister calls for more limits on Charity Commission powers‘. The minister for civil society said that the Charity Commission would issue guidance on how it would use official warnings before the power was brought in to force. Bates Wells Braithwaite solicitors, who prepared a briefing to support proposed amendments on this, is now pressing for a three month consultation on the Commission’s draft.
Civil Society News’ further coverage of the debate includes some of the evidence submitted by voluntary sector bodies to the committee. This urges include “better safeguards” to be added to the proposed new powers for the Charity Commission.
A second date for the committee is recorded as Tuesday 5th January. (The earlier call for evidence indicated a final committee date of 7th January.) The report, legislative grand committee and third reading stages are then all due to take place on one day yet to be announced.
Labour’s outlook on charities
The Charities Aid Foundation has an interesting discussion article on what the debate around the Charities Bill “tells us about Labour’s outlook on charities”. Read ‘Gaining Momentum?‘.