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Reforms to employment law take effect

We thought it would be useful to take a brief look at the changes that came into effect 29 July 2013 and have set these …

Charity Commission publishes new guidance for school and academy governors

The Charity Commission, together with the governor recruitment charity SGOSS and DfE, has produced guidance for governors of academies, foundation schools and voluntary schools.

Social Value Act 2013 comes into force

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force on 31 January 2013.  This legislation makes it a legal obligation for local authorities, …

Charities and CICs to benefit from Green Deal Cashback Scheme

The Government has a Green Deal Cashback Scheme worth £125m for householders who pay for energy-saving improvements from a Green Deal Provider.
As part of …

Charitable Incorporated Organisations – registration applications now open

After many years of waiting Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs), a new legal structure for charities, are finally now available. Legislation relating to the establishment …

Charity Commission publishes trustee guidance on acting in the charity’s best interests

The Charity Commission has published guidance for trustees pointing to 15 key questions that all trustees should be asking themselves. The Commission has …

Supreme Court rules that volunteers are not protected by discrimination law

A recent decision from the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that genuine volunteers do not have the same legal rights under discrimination law as …

Safeguarding: new portable CRB checks

The Home Office has announced that Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, replacing CRB checks, will be portable from 1 March 2013. This …

Claiming Gift Aid

The Small Charitable Donations Act 2012 will come into force on 6 April 2013.  The Act introduces a scheme allowing charities to claim Gift Aid …

Trusts Capital and Income Act 2013

The Trusts (Capital and Income) Act 2013 received Royal Asset on 31 January 2013 but is not yet fully in force.  This will insert …