Lords committee on charities helps research on their role

A voluntary sector researcher has read through a large pile of written submissions to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities so you don’t have to! Specifically the 86 submissions which answered the question “What is the role and purpose of charities in civic society in England and Wales?”.

Read ‘Identity crisis: defining voluntary action‘ on Ellie Munro’s Voluntary Action and Other Animals blog. » Continue reading news item ... “Lords committee on charities helps research on their role”

Further chance to submit evidence to Lords charity committee

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has extended its deadline for submissions, from 5th September to 1st October.

The committee has already received over 150 written submissions, but is keen to ensure that it hears a wide variety of views from across the sector. The committee was set up to consider issues related to sustaining the charity sector, and the challenges of charity governance. » Continue reading news item ... “Further chance to submit evidence to Lords charity committee”

Options for NI fundraising regulation

The future of fundraising regulation for Northern Ireland has so far been left to one side in the developments for England and Wales, and separately for Scotland.

Northern Ireland’s sector body NICVA has now said that it

“will engage with the sector on this issue and will seek responses by 30 September 2016 to help inform a recommendation for a way forward in Northern Ireland.”

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Guidance for social enterprises on Scottish charity registration

Scotland’s charity regulator OSCR has published new guidance for social enterprises thinking about becoming a charity. In the form of FAQs, this addresses some of the questions applicants have about becoming a charity, as well as some of the issues OSCR frequently sees in applications from social enterprises. 

See OSCR news item or direct to the social enterprise FAQs (also available as 9 page pdf download, 118KB).

Lords charities committee seeks input from sector

Following the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities holding its first evidence sessions early in July, a Call for Evidence has been issued to the sector.

The committee, set up to consider issues related to sustaining the charity sector, and the challenges of charity governance, invites interested individuals and organisations to submit written evidence to the inquiry by 5th September – see the committee’s announcement here. » Continue reading news item ... “Lords charities committee seeks input from sector”

Concern on Commission warning powers draft guidance

The Charity Commission (for England and Wales) has opened a public consultation on its proposed approach to exercising new powers to issue an official warning to charities when it considers that there has been a breach of trust or duty, or other misconduct or mismanagement in the charity.

Civil Society News reports that the draft guidance has caused concern with sector bodies such as NCVO and Charity Finance Group about safeguards and clarity on the use of warning notices, and a leading sector lawyer branded it “misleading in a number of respects” and lacking a “number of the key assurances given by the minister for civil society” during the legislative debate. » Continue reading news item ... “Concern on Commission warning powers draft guidance”