Celebrating the trustees who SERVE us!

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November 6, 2013 at 16:41

So, another successful trustees’ week is well underway! With a range of activities currently taking place and our imminent members’ meetings looking at specific issues related to trusteeship, I thought I’d share some thoughts with you on the subject. The standard stuff you’ll have heard is how much you will personally enjoy being a trustee, what you will learn from the experience, how it will enrich your life (and CV) and how great it is to have your skills valued. What you might not hear so frequently is the strategic importance of this service: that being a trustee is about […]

De-regulation for the sake of it?

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March 14, 2013 at 12:10

The Government’s ‘red tape challenge’ sounds like some sort of physical assault course; conjuring images of hapless workers wading through paperwork, red tape tied round their ankles, tripping over giant copies of the tax code and stumbling into open filing cabinets spilling over with old employment contracts.  Underneath the rhetoric, the implication is that the current state of ‘regulation’ hinders business and innovation; the Government wants us to tell them what bits to scrap.  Unless talking about bankers, the idea that regulation is a catalyst for fair business is all but lost.  This is despite the fact that we have […]

CIOs: An end in sight…

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November 27, 2012 at 12:02

The Small Charitable Donations Bill isn’t the only thing happening that’s good for charities this week – we also, after a wait the  equivalent of the Marathon de Sables, have real progress on CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations).  With their statutory instruments finally seeing the light of day and up for debate somewhere in the quieter corridors of Westminster today – in the mysteriously named Third Delegated Legislative Committee no less –   this new legal form looks likely to overcome its last outstanding hurdles. The slow introduction has been a source of frustration for many charities, some of whom unfortunately could […]

Data protection not data prevention

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September 21, 2012 at 12:30

Earlier this week the UK Parliament’s Justice Select Committee held its first evidence session on the EU Data Protection Framework Proposals. Whilst they were concerned predominantly with the logistics and technicalities in the Information Commissioner’s report, I am concerned that further regulation in the area of data protection, drawn up without consideration of the structure or activities of charities will prove unduly restrictive for many organisations. The new proposals build on the EU’s existing body of law around privacy rights and include the contentious “right to be forgotten”. The aim is noble; to allow individuals to control the information that […]

Reviewing the reviews: charity law, regulation and red tape

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August 10, 2012 at 15:27

Charity law and regulation and its implementation, not normally issues to excite the sector, have been given unusual prominence lately and are certainly keeping those with an eye on charity policy busy this summer. Last month we had both the publication of Lord Hodgson’s much anticipated independent review of the 2006 Charities Act and the closure of the Charity Commission’s consultation on the charity register. Our civil society minister, Nick Hurd MP, has written to sector leaders seeking input to the Government response to the Hodgson review, submissions for the Civil Society Red Tape Challenge are due in September and […]