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James Evans

Posted 17 September 2018
by James Evans .

To Convert or Not to Convert…

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On 1 September 2018, a new process was introduced enabling a Community Interest Company (“CIC”) to convert directly into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“CIO”). A CIC is a special kind of limited liability company specifically designed for social enterprises operating…

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Richard King

Posted 26 January 2018
by Richard King .

Would You Return a ‘Tainted’ Donation?

Money stacked.

On learning from a press report that an annual men-only fund-raising event run by the Presidents Club Charitable Trust was (to say the least) abusive of women, Great Ormond Street Hospital has vowed to return all the money it has…

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Amy Laver

Posted 22 December 2017
by Amy Laver .

Red Card Given To Deen Team Trustee

This week, it has been reported that a trustee of the former charity, Deen Team, has been disqualified for 4 years following investigation into the use of charitable funds. The disqualification comes after three years of investigation following the Charity…

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Amy Laver

Posted 8 December 2017
by Amy Laver .

Safety First: How Safeguarding is not Just for ‘the Vulnerable’

Earlier this week, the Charity Commission published its updated safeguarding strategy for charities. Traditionally, guidance focused on safeguarding charity beneficiaries – commonly children and vulnerable adults. But this latest guidance casts a wider net and addresses the safeguarding responsibilities a charity has towards everyone who ‘comes…

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Amy Laver

Posted 29 November 2017
by Amy Laver .

Update on the CIO ‘Quick Conversion’

In my blog ‘Will CIOs dominate the Charity Sector?’ I reported on the proposed ‘quick conversion’ process for companies and CICs (non-charitable Community Interest Companies) to become Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs). Today, we are able to share the official timeframes…

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Amy Laver

Posted 28 September 2017
by Amy Laver .

Update on Serious Incident Reporting

Trustees have to report adverse incidents, both real and potential, to the Charity Commission. By this, we mean, broadly, anything that significantly risks either the reputation of your charity (or of charity in general) or its assets or beneficiaries. This…

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Amy Laver

Posted 22 September 2017
by Amy Laver .

Will CIOs Dominate the Charity Sector?

Last week, a draft order was laid before Parliament that proposes a ‘quick conversion’ process for charitable companies and Community Interest Companies (CICs) to become Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs). If approved as expected, we could see such conversions as early…

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Amy Laver

Posted 10 August 2017
by Amy Laver .

Trustee remuneration – the good, the bad and the ugly

statue of justice

On Tuesday, the Guardian dramatically claimed that the voluntary trustee model was “killing” charities. While Asheem Singh raised some valid points, his emphatic piece did seem reminiscent of a script from Mission Impossible, with Tom Cruise emerging from a pile…

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