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Charity Law

  • Campaigning and lobbying standards group announced

    NCVO today (Thursday 26 September) announced the make-up of the group that will create the first ever set of standards for charity campaigning and lobbying.

  • Charities welcome new grants standards

    Charities have welcomed substantial changes to the government's planned 'anti-lobbying clause', announced today.

  • Charity Commission announces review of campaigning guidance – NCVO comment

    Speaking at the Civil Society APPG, Charity Commission chief executive Paula Sussex announced that its campaigning guidance, CC9, will be assessed following the general election.

  • Charity Commission powers and funding announcement

    Responding to today’s announcement of new funding and legislation to strengthen the Charity Commission, Karl Wilding, director of public policy, said:

    'It's been clear for some time that the Charity Commission's enforcement work has not been as strong as it could be. We also know that it has struggled to deal with routine queries from charities in a prompt manner. This investment and its plans to revamp its work are very welcome and we believe they have the potential to make a significant difference. It's crucial we have an effective regulator that deals quickly with any poor practice to help ensure the public can continue to trust charities.

  • Charity law system gets a clean bill of health

    The Charities Act has largely proved to be a good piece of legislation, and the Charity Commission is doing a respectable job of supporting the sector despite its limited resources, according to an independent review being published today.

  • Comment on lobbying bill report stage vote

    Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

    'I'm pleased that peers supported Lord Harries' amendment on staff costs. Accounting for staff costs remains a particularly problematic part of this bill, as well as constituency limits and the rules on campaigning in coalition. We would like to see further movement on these.

  • Conservative party manifesto – NCVO comment

    Commenting on the Conservative Party manifesto, Ruth Driscoll, head of policy and public services at NCVO, said:

    'It is positive that the manifesto reflects a continuing commitment to the principles of voluntarism and putting power in the hands of communities. Nevertheless, under the past government this desire has been hampered by public spending settlements which have been very challenging for many charities.

  • Consultation on Transfer of Undertakings Regulation (Tupe) - NCVO response

    The government’s response (PDF, 363KB) to the consultation on Transfer of Undertakings Regulation (Tupe) was published today.

  • EU manifesto, Towards a More Open Europe

    NCVO has today (7 March) set out its vision for reform and renewal in Europe through its manifesto, Towards a More Open Europe. Elections to the European Parliament will take place on 22 May.

  • Fundraising regulator chair appointment - NCVO comment

    Commenting on the appointment of Michael Grade, Lord Grade of Yarmouth, to chair the new fundraising regulator, Sir Stuart Etherington said:

    Lord Grade is a substantial figure with the experience to drive through the changes that must be made. He is a highly experienced chair and he has a clear commitment to public service along with a strong understanding of marketing, not least from his seven years as chairman of Ocado. I have every confidence that under his leadership the new fundraising regulator will become the body it needs to be in order to secure public trust.

  • Government confirms support for charity tax reliefs following work by NCVO and CFG

    Before the budget, NCVO and Charity Finance Group wrote a joint letter to David Gauke asking the government to retain the current 80% mandatory relief on business rates for charities. We have now received a welcome response which confirms the decision in the budget to maintain this important relief. We spent lots of time talking to Treasury officials about the impact a reduction in this relief would have, and we are pleased that they have recognised this, and the value of the voluntary sector.

  • Government to amend lobbying bill following pressure from charities

    Welcoming the changes to the lobbying bill, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which first raised concerns about the bill, said:

    ‘Much of the risk to charities from this legislation has now been averted.

  • Joint statement from NCVO, Acevo and SEUK on anti-lobbying 'pause on implementation'

    Responding to the announcement of a 'pause on implementation' on the anti-lobbying clause, NCVO, Acevo and Social Enterprise UK issued a joint statement:

    Following correspondence with the Cabinet Office, we are pleased to see that the government has 'paused on implementation' of its anti-lobbying clause.

    We continue to call for the full and immediate withdrawal of this policy. The clause, as it stands, goes much further than it says on the tin and will deter many charities and social enterprises from making representations to government and parliament.

  • Lobbying bill - NCVO statement

    Following the government's agreement to abandon its plan to change what constitutes non-party campaigning, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

    'The government’s commitment to abandon the change to the test of what constitutes non-party campaigning is a significant step in the right direction. When the new wording is published we will take legal advice and also urgently seek the view of the Electoral Commission, to ensure the revised test meets the spirit and the letter of policy intent set out by government.

  • Lobbying bill amendments do not go far enough. Joint statement from NCVO and ACEVO

    Responding to the publication of the government’s amendments, Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO said:

    "The government’s commitment to address the legitimate concerns of many charities and other voluntary organisations remains welcome, however, the proposed amendments do not go far enough.

  • Lobbying bill puts charities in fear of criminal prosecution, says top QC

    Advice from a top election law QC has confirmed charities’ fears over proposals in the government’s lobbying bill, due to get its second reading in the Commons tomorrow (today).

  • Minister for Civil Society move to DCMS

    Commenting on the transfer of the role of minister for civil society from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, which represents charities and volunteering, said:

    We have always championed charities and the remarkable things they do for our society to every part of government. Charitable giving, volunteering and social action are part of the social and cultural heritage of Britain. Charities contribute to economic growth and run high quality, user-oriented public services. They can play an important role in delivering the ambitious social justice programme that Theresa May set out in her first speech as prime minister.

  • NAO report on the Charity Commission and the Cup Trust

    Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations – the representative body for charities, said:

    ‘This report reflects what we have said for years. In order to maintain public trust, charities want a vigilant and effective regulator which takes prompt action in the rare instances of abuse. While it’s important the Commission doesn’t throw the book at charities that have made a simple mistake, for too long it has veered the other way, taking a soft-touch approach in even the most serious cases.

  • NCVO comment on new social action, responsibility and heroism bill

    Justin Davis Smith, executive director for volunteering and development at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

    ‘We continue to get a lot of calls from charities and individual volunteers about risk and liability. The chances of any action being taken against them are very low but there is clearly a great concern about risk. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, anything that can be done to break down barriers to people getting involved in their communities is very welcome.

  • NCVO in ‘Christmas appeal’ to peers on lobbying bill

    NCVO chief executive, Sir Stuart Etherington, has written to peers ahead of the committee stage of the lobbying bill this week, asking them to back key amendments to protect charities and community groups from the potential impact of the bill.

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