Regulatory updates

Policy update - January 2019

09/01/2019

Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers

Head of Policy

Charity Commission for England and Wales: News

New strategy

The Charity Commission published its five year ‘Statement of Strategic Intent’ setting out their five key strategic objectives as follows

  1. holding charities to account
  2. dealing with wrongdoing and harm
  3. informing public choice
  4. giving charities the understanding and tools they need to succeed
  5. keeping charity relevant for today’s world.

Find out more here

Governance update

The Commission have also published their updated governance framework, coinciding with three new members joining the board; Tony Cohen, Ian Karet and Nina Hingorani-Crain.  A key change is that the CEO, Helen Stephenson, has joined the board.

Safeguarding guidance

The Charity Commission has published updated safeguarding guidance to help charities and trustees better understand their legal duties around protecting people.

Review of Charity Reserves Policies

The Charity Commission’s recent review of charity reserves found that only 22% of charities in the sample quoted a reserves figure calculated in accordance with their guidance indicating an incomplete understanding of reserves and could lead the trustees to make poor decisions about the charity’s finances. 

Review of total return regulations

The Charity Commission has published the result of their review of the total return regulations – thank you to those of you who provided us with feedback, which informed our response to the consultation (via the Charity Investors Group).  The Commission are not proposing any significant changes to the regulations. 

New Civil Society Minister

Mims Davies MP has been appointed as the new Minister for Civil Society, taking over from Tracey Crouch MP, who resigned in protest at a delay to the cut in maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals.  She is also responsible for social enterprise, youth, sport, loneliness, horse racing, gambling and lotteries.

NCVO: Guide for Charities on Brexit

NCVO have published a new factsheet setting out the main Brexit considerations for voluntary organisations in the UK  and suggesting practical steps that charities can take to prepare for the post-Brexit environment.

Civil Society Futures

Civil Society Futures was a two year independent inquiry into the future of civil society in England.  It has published its final report ‘The story of our times: shifting power, bridging divides, transforming society’.

Charity Digital Code

A new Charity Digital Code has been published aiming to help charities increase impact, develop skills and improve sustainability through digital.

Scottish Charities

A new code of best governance practice has been launched for Scottish charities. The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector was developed by a group including SCVO, OSCR and the Scottish Government.  It sets out five core principles: organisational purpose, leadership, board behaviour, control, and effectiveness.

Updated investment guidance for Scottish Charities has been published by OSCR.

Author

Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers

Head of Policy

Kate specialises in investment on behalf of charities, endowments and foundations and joined Schroders Charities in 2005 after four years with Kleinwort Benson Private Bank Charity team.

Kate is chair of the Charity Investors' Group, which is a membership organisation providing a forum for investment debate. In this role she has collaborated with CFG to launch a guide to written investment policies and 'For Good and Not For Keeps' published by the Association of Charitable Foundations in 2013. Kate also regularly writes on charity investment in the charity sector press.

Kate is also Portfolio Director at Cazenove Charities. She is a CFA charterholder and has a BSc (Hons) in natural sciences from the University of Durham, is Chair of her local community foundation, and governor of her local primary school.

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