Quick review of youth work policy in Wales

A Welsh Assembly committee is running a “snapshot inquiry” reviewing the effectiveness of Welsh Government’s strategy and policy in respect of youth work.

As reported by CYP Now, the committee is looking for views on four key areas:

The first is “young people’s access to youth work services” with a view to understanding what levels of provision and regional variations there are, and any issues relating to access for specific groups of young people.

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Concern on Commission warning powers draft guidance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Civil Society News reports that the draft guidance has caused concern with sector bodies such as NCVO and Charity Finance Group about safeguards and clarity on the use of warning notices, and a leading sector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 “Concern on Commission warning powers draft guidance”

NI Justice ministry proposes new sector commissioning and funding model

Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has published proposals to modernise the system used to award funding to third sector organisations delivering justice outcomes.

The proposed changes place emphasis on greater transparency of funding, fair and equitable access to funding, securing bespoke services and best value, and development of better partnership arrangements.

The consultation runs until 23rd September. See NICVA article for more background and the consultation documents, or the Department of Justice consultation page.

Proposals published on Fundraising Regulator charges

The Fundraising Regulator has published a discussion paper on the charges it proposes to make to charities which spend more than a certain amount on fundraising activity.

It is suggested that there will be eight tiers for the regulator’s fees, depending on charity size, ranging from £250 for charities spending between £100,000 and £150,000 on fundraising a year, right up to £10,000 for the largest charities with a spend of over twenty million pounds. » Continue reading news item ... “Proposals published on Fundraising Regulator charges”

Updating guidance for independent examination of charity accounts

The Charity Commission (England and Wales) has opened a consultation on guidance on the external scrutiny of charity accounts (CC32) and extending this to consolidated accounts.

The Commission has

“decided it was time to consult on the external scrutiny of charity accounts because of a number of recent developments including the change in the thresholds for audit and the preparation of consolidated group accounts; and the UK charity regulators’ consultation on matters of material significance that must be reported to regulators, and lastly changes in expectations of the charity sector post Keeping Kid’s Company.”

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Charity regulators consult on disqualification powers, reporting problems

The Charity Commission has opened two completely separate consultations, one wanting views on its use of the new trustee disqualification power, the other a joint process with the two other UK charity regulators on a revised list of ‘significant matters’ that auditors and independent examiners must report.

Power to disqualify trustees

The new power of discretionary disqualification for the Charity Commission (England and Wales) will allow it to “disqualify certain persons from being trustees in circumstances where they are judged not fit to act, for a period of up to 15 years”. » Continue reading news item ... “Charity regulators consult on disqualification powers, reporting problems”