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Charity Update - 26 January 2021

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Welcome to the latest issue of Fieldfisher's Charity Update.  As we start a new year, we sense that charities and social enterprises are putting a bad year behind them and starting to look ahead and plan for the future. We see below examples of attempts to encourage greater participation through guidance and analysis, although Covid-19 remains inevitably at the forefront of people's thinking.

Neil Palmer

21 January 2021

Helen Stephenson CBE delivers speech at the ICAEW Charity Conference

The Charity Commission's chief executive, Helen Stephenson, delivered the keynote address at the 2021 ICAEW Charity Conference by examining the principles guiding the relationships between charities and wider society and the Commission, as well as the role of finance professionals.  Find the speech in full here.

The Charity Commission

20 January 2021

NCVO publish 'The Road Ahead' Report 2021

The Road Ahead is an annual analysis written by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. The report looks into the changing operating environment for anyone working in the voluntary sector. This year's analysis covers the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors impacting charities.

NCVO

20 January 2021

Government publishes a guide for VCSE organisations to help them win Government contract bids

DCMS and the Cabinet Office have created this guide for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector as they seek to bring more charities, public service mutuals and social enterprises into public sector supply chains.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Cabinet Office

19 January 2021

A Coalition of charities campaign for a two year Gift Aid Emergency Relief package

The Gift Aid Emergency Relief campaign propose that Gift Aid be raised from 20% to 25% and that the Small Donation scheme be extended out to many more charities. Read their full campaign briefing here.

Charities Aid Foundation

18 January 2021

Charity sector calls for emergency support package

Ahead of the Budget in March, charity sector leaders are calling for the government to develop a package of financial support for charities and non-profit organisations. Read the full representation here.

Charity Finance Group

15 January 2021

Charity Commission to launch a consultation on responsible investment guidance

The Charity Commission is to consult on revised guidance on responsible investments. The Commission plan to publish guidance in the Spring of 2021 for public consultation. It is hoped the final updated responsible investments guidance will be available in the Summer of this year.

The Charity Commission

11 January 2021

Government publishes 'A look at volunteering during the response to Covid-19'

DCMS commissioned the 'Community Life Covid-19 Re-contact Survey' to provide data on how the pandemic has affected volunteering, charitable giving, social cohesion, wellbeing and loneliness in England. The research looks at formal and informal volunteering.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport & Office for Civil Society

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