Impact of referendum vote on the charity sector

The large amount of hot air around the EU referendum is likely to continue for some time, with the exact process and consequences of leaving after 40 plus years of regulatory developments not being easy or quick to clarify. It is however safe to assume that very little will change immediately around regulations of relevance to the voluntary sector. Funding connected with Europe, or hit by economic turmoil, may be a different matter.

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Government urges sector voice on referendum, but not elsewhere

As reported by Civil Society News, the government has indicated that it will exempt researchers and academics from the anti-advocacy clause in grant contracts, but not charities. See previous VoluntaryNews coverage on grant lobbying restrictions for background.

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A charity discussion paper on the EU referendum

England’s umbrella body NCVO has published a short discussion paper looking at the implications for charities of Britain’s membership of the EU.

Rather than weigh up the pros and cons of EU membership, the paper seeks to provide a template for discussion for trustees and senior managers when considering the implications of the referendum.

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Commission guidance on EU referendum gets ‘helpful’ revision

The Charity Commission has provided “further clarity to EU referendum guidance” following strong sector criticism of its original version.

See VoluntaryNews previous article – ‘Charity Commission EU referendum “negative” guidance’ for background. Charity Commission news release or download the guidance (pdf, 165KB) direct.

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