Legal

Gift Aid mistakes and how to avoid them
LEGAL | 04 January 2017

Gift Aid was worth approximately £1.3bn to charities in 2015/16, it is too valuable to get wrong

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The scandal that keeps on scandalising - LIBOR fines and what to do with them.
LEGAL | 03 January 2017

The charitable use of LIBOR-fixing fines continues to attract headlines, but what should they be used for?

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How to choose the right legal structure for your charity
LEGAL | 11 May 2016

This webinar focuses on the different types of legal structures trustees can employ and explains how to choose the right structure for your charity.  

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The Budget 2016 – What does it mean for Charities?
LEGAL | 19 April 2016

This article looks at the actual measures put in place and the impact they may have on the sector.

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Zero-hours contracts: where are we now?
LEGAL | 27 November 2015

Charities should consider their legal position when deciding whether to use zero hours contracts

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Lobbying Act review findings 'very concerning'
LEGAL | 14 September 2015

Lord Harries raises concerns after review finds charities significantly curtailed their campaigning activity

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Accounting changes prompt consultation on next SORP update
LEGAL | 22 June 2015

Current SORP will cease to apply from 2016

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FRSB calls for limit on fundraising asks following Olive Cooke controversy
LEGAL | 11 June 2015

Self-regulator has received 384 complaints about charities in less than a month

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Holiday Pay Decision
LEGAL | 18 November 2014

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has finally issued its landmark judgment on holiday pay

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Is it lawful to retire staff at 65?
LEGAL | 31 July 2014

The conclusion of a long-running case begs the question, can employers lawfully retire staff at 65?

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Tax ‘social polluters’ to fund prevention of social problems, says report
LEGAL | 18 July 2014

Early Action Task Force says short-termism is preventing proper action

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A fine line: whistleblowing and the manner of whistleblowing
LEGAL | 05 June 2014

Can an employer dismiss an employee for the manner in which they “blow the whistle”?

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Charitable tax reliefs rise but GASDS disappoints
LEGAL | 08 May 2014

Extra £2.5m received but only £7m from small donations scheme

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The end of employment tribunal claims?
LEGAL | 01 May 2014

Could the latest major Employment Law changes signal the end of tribunal claims?

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Ministry of Justice extends open data pilot
LEGAL | 21 March 2014

NPC welcomes move to allow charities access to re-offender data

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Cabinet Office strategic partners face funding problems
LEGAL | 07 March 2014

Charity Financials reveals effects of withdrawal of funding

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Society lottery proposal 'would reduce funds for good causes'
LEGAL | 27 February 2014

Research suggests stricter regulations would cost sector £35m

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PAC report reveals scale of tax avoidance via Gift Aid
LEGAL | 06 February 2014

£170m lost in 2012/13 and a further £217m still at risk

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Lobbying Bill becomes law as Lords withdraw amendments
LEGAL | 30 January 2014

Restrictions on constituency spending and staff costs remain in bill

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Pilot launched for new local lending model
LEGAL | 29 January 2014

Regional impact funds will provide unsecured loans of up to £250,000

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Parliament deadlocked as Commons rejects lobbying bill amendments
LEGAL | 24 January 2014

Lords will now reconsider staff costs and constituency spending

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Campaigners split on Lobbying Bill approach
LEGAL | 21 January 2014

Failure of charity exemption sparks anger and highlights disagreements

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Charity Commission letter played key role in Lobbying Bill exemption failure
LEGAL | 20 January 2014

Lord Phillips bemoans slowness of sector to give its support

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Lords force further concessions on lobbying bill
LEGAL | 16 January 2014

Staff costs will no longer be covered, but charities will still face restrictions

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Minister predicts £70m charity windfall from plastic bag charge
LEGAL | 15 January 2014

Roughly 73% of every 5p fee expected to go to charity

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Government to make further changes to the lobbying bill
LEGAL | 09 January 2014

NCVO welcomes the changes but ACEVO warns that more are needed

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Charity professionals push for Scottish independence
LEGAL | 13 December 2013

New group formed to make case for a 'yes' vote

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Autumn statement: Social impact bonds to receive tax relief
LEGAL | 05 December 2013

Government will also amend tax definition of charity in order to prevent tax avoidance

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National Audit Office publishes highly critical report on the Charity Commission
LEGAL | 04 December 2013

Spending watchdog argues charities are not being regulated effectively

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Panorama charities investigation will air next week, say reports
LEGAL | 03 December 2013

Comic Relief denies any wrongdoing with its investment policy

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Commission reveals guidance for total-return investing
LEGAL | 29 November 2013

Permanently endowed trusts will no longer need to seek regulator's permission

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Charities must pressure government on open data, says NPC
LEGAL | 28 November 2013

Current agenda 'focused on profit-making rather than social objectives'

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Insufficient evidence that Gift Aid is increasing donations, says NAO
LEGAL | 21 November 2013

Report also highlights “serious challenge” in preventing tax avoidance

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Commission to investigate 12 more “double defaulting” charities
LEGAL | 19 November 2013

Regulator has also published reports on five charities it has already assessed

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Unions highlight voluntary sector working conditions
LEGAL | 15 November 2013

Unite reports unpaid internships to HMRC while Unison calls for living wage

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CFG warns against complacency on pensions auto-enrolment
LEGAL | 14 November 2013

Guidance launched after survey shows charities are underestimating the challenge

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Lords agree to six-week lobbying bill pause
LEGAL | 11 November 2013

Lords will consult with interested parties over 'gagging law'

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Independence panel warns government against curbing judicial review
LEGAL | 11 November 2013

Sir Roger Singleton says charities will be unable to challenge unlawful government action

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Charities should not have to name highest earner, says CFG
LEGAL | 11 November 2013

Umbrella body warns against “knee-jerk reactions” in new Sorp  

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Select committee planning session on charity executive salaries
LEGAL | 01 November 2013

Panorama also reportedly planning a programme on the subject

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NCVO backs payment by results but criticises implementation
LEGAL | 01 November 2013

Report says approach to PbR contracts has been “seriously flawed”

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Online charity register to state whether charities pay trustees
LEGAL | 25 October 2013

Charity Commission will also scrap the summary information return

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Lords queue up to criticise lobbying bill
LEGAL | 25 October 2013

Lord Hodgson among Conservative peers to voice concerns

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Shadow Sorp committee warns of possible missed opportunity
LEGAL | 24 October 2013

Group says that accounting draft needs more consultation

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Lisa Nandy becomes civil society shadow minister
LEGAL | 17 October 2013

Wigan MP takes over from Gareth Thomas, who is given Europe brief

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NCVO includes non-charity members on executive pay panel
LEGAL | 17 October 2013

Announcement follows criticism for perceived focus on charity board members

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Accountancy bodies to assess global charity reporting
LEGAL | 14 October 2013

Gareth Morgan of Sheffield Hallam University will lead the study

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Late filing charities under investigation by regulator
LEGAL | 14 October 2013

12 organisations failed to submit accounts in either of the last two financial years

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Scottish school fails the charity test
LEGAL | 14 October 2013

Loretto School given 18 months to widen access

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Charity shops wary despite business rates reprieve
LEGAL | 14 October 2013

Welsh minister vows to keep rates relief under the microscope  

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Lobbying bill passes through Commons despite charity concerns
LEGAL | 14 October 2013

 NCVO and Acevo both argue that changes didn't go far enough

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Large number of charities still to sign up to Charities Online
LEGAL | 27 September 2013

HMRC says online gift aid system is quicker and easier that paper

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NCVO new lobbying standards group
LEGAL | 26 September 2013

Panel will create first set of guidelines for charity campaigning  

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Consultation on contracting rules for SMEs
LEGAL | 25 September 2013

Government to make public procurement more accessible for smaller organisations?

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NCVO chief warns of a loss of trust following Commission's handling of the Cup Trust affair
LEGAL | 16 May 2013

NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington has spoken out about the Charity Commission’s handling of the Cup Trust tax avoidance scandal

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“Trustees, the buck stops with you”
LEGAL | 13 May 2013

A reminder from the Charity Commission of Trustee responsibilities in the light of the Astonbrook report

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April 2013 Developments in Employment Law
LEGAL | 09 May 2013

2013 is set to be a busy year for Employment Law. Unlike in most years, changes are planned not just in April and October but also in the Summer.

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Charities not ready for Gift Aid changes
LEGAL | 26 April 2013

Voluntary organisations need to review internal systems before September deadline

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Charitable Healthwatch
LEGAL | 19 April 2013

UK Government increasing use of charitable and social investment vehicles to provide public services

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Reform charity lottery rules, says nfpSynergy
LEGAL | 18 April 2013

Report says regulations are too restrictive and hinder an important revenue stream

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Social Value Act at risk, say ministers
LEGAL | 19 March 2013

Lack of commitment from key players could reduce the impact of the new legislation

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New guidance for employers on religion and belief issues in the workplace
LEGAL | 19 March 2013

Following the recent European Court of Human Right’s (“the Court”) decision in Eweida and Others v. the United Kingdom, which concerned the rights of employees to practice or manifest their religion in the workplace, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published guidance for employers on how to recognise and deal with such issues

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Next CIO registration stage underway
LEGAL | 11 March 2013

Process now open to unincorporated charities with annual income of more than £250,000

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Cup Trust scandal has damaged the sector, MPs hear
LEGAL | 08 March 2013

William Shawcross and Sam Younger appear before Public Accounts Committee

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Eweida and Others v The United Kingdom
LEGAL | 07 February 2013

 Are we any clearer about the area of religious discrimination in the workplace?

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High performing boards - are they worth the effort?
LEGAL | 07 February 2013

So what are the considerations in pursuit of high performance?

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NCVO launches UK’s first not-for-profit public affairs consultancy service
LEGAL | 21 January 2013

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched the UK’s first not-for-profit public affairs consultancy service.

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Charities must not get discouraged by payment by results reforms
LEGAL | 10 January 2013

The Government must ensure its attempts to introduce payment by results for rehabilitation services do not squeeze out charities and community groups, the Charities Aid Foundation have said

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NCVO announces new 'super conference'
LEGAL | 10 January 2013

A new charity ‘super conference’ will replace its annual conference this summer, NCVO has announced

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Volunteers not covered by anti discrimination legislation
LEGAL | 18 December 2012

In the April 2011 edition of Charities Direct Magazine, I reported that, in X –v- Mid Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau, the Court of Appeal held that volunteers were not protected by anti discrimination legislation. Well, that case was subsequently referred to the UK Supreme Court which last week confirmed the position, once and for all

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CIOs are here at last
LEGAL | 17 December 2012

The Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is a new legal form for charities. It was introduced in the Charities Act 2006 but implementation has been delayed while a raft of statutory instruments were introduced to set out the detail of how they will work. Thea Longley, partner at London-based legal film Bates Wells & Braithwaite explains the ins and outs

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Avoiding a Christmas party hangover
LEGAL | 17 December 2012

No doubt, by the time that you read this article, you will have already done your Christmas shopping and tunes by Slade and Wizzard are going round in your head until they drive you mad. But, however much you like to forget some things, other things should be remembered...

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Merger between NCVO and Volunteering England finalised
LEGAL | 11 December 2012

The merger between NCVO and Volunteering England has been finalised, with the organisations set to formally come together on 1 January 2013.

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Charities should lead
LEGAL | 05 December 2012

Lord Phillips delivered an emotive speech at DSC’s Social Change Awards early January, around the state of modern Britain, and called on the charity and social sectors to lead a renaissance of moral values.

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We the MPeople
LEGAL | 01 November 2012

Amandine Courtin, senior researcher at nfpSynergy, sets out why the relationship between charities and MPs needs Moving On Up

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Charity Commission phases in CIO implementation
LEGAL | 18 October 2012

Further to CharitiesDirect previous update on the charitiable incorporated organisation, ‘Unshackling good neighbours indicates CIO delay’ (July 2012), Kenneth Dibble, head of legal services at the Charity Commission, has set out the likely timetable for the introduction of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

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Draft Banking Reform Bill will expose many charities to extra risk
LEGAL | 12 October 2012

A new Draft Banking Reform Bill will leave many charities at risk of losing out in the event of a future banking crisis, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) says

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The Olympic torch - and sports charities
LEGAL | 20 September 2012

Post Olympic fever will no doubt fuel an increase in new sports clubs - but should they register as charities? Darren Hooker explains the legal implications

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Could your charity be liable to volunteers or trustees for insurance claims
LEGAL | 10 September 2012

Chris Priestley provides a practical summary of the implications for charities in JGE v The Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

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Should charity employees be TOILing away?
LEGAL | 07 September 2012

Should time off in lieu be part of voluntary sector cultural norm? NfPSynergy's Joe Saxton ruminates on the principle of going the extra mile 

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