A year on with Irish charity regulation

Ireland’s Charities Regulatory Authority recently saw the first anniversary of starting operation, but seemingly without much fanfare.

VoluntaryNews’ favourite consultant for the Irish voluntary sector, Sandra Velthuis, has taken a look at progress in regulation and the Register of Charities. Concerns include possible under-resourcing at the Authority, dual registration for tax purposes, and difficulties in finding some data through the online register.

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Proposals for Scottish lobbying transparency

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on proposals to establish a lobbying register for the Scottish Parliament.

The register would cover lobbying of Members of the Scottish Parliament, including Ministers, by both paid consultant and in-house lobbyists. Individuals would need to register before lobbying MSPs and Ministers.

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A role for civil society in European referendum

NCVO’s chief executive Stuart Etherington has written about ‘A referendum on Britain in Europe: what role for the voluntary sector?‘.

He says:

Constitutional affairs and Brussels are … too important to be left to politicians or think tanks alone.  .. The call for a constitutional convention, involving citizens and civil society more broadly, is correct.

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