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Charity Update - 5 October 2021

Neil Palmer


United Kingdom

Welcome to this bumper edition of our Charity Update. Whatever your involvement with charities, we trust you find this interesting and helpful.

Neil Palmer

30 September 2021

Christian fostering charity's policy on homosexual behaviour constitutes unlawful discrimination

The Court of Appeal confirmed that a fostering agency's policy requiring carers to refrain from 'homosexual behaviour' unlawfully discriminates against gay men and lesbians. Read the judgement >Read more...


30 September 2021

Charity Commission CEO's speech to the sector

Helen Stephenson CBE's speech highlights the impact of the pandemic, how the Charity Commission has responded to support charities and its plans looking ahead.

Charity Commission

29 September 2021

Online fundraising complaints increased by 252% during the pandemic

Due to a shift in fundraising behaviour, online and digital fundraising were the most complained about styles of fundraising this year. Read the Annual Complaints Report >Read more...

Fundraising Regulator

27 September 2021

ACEVO's pay and equalities report published

ACEVO finds a risk of complacency relating to key governance issues as the charitable sector recovers from the pandemic. >Read more...


24 September 2021

Charity Commission opens an investigation into a London church

The Commission has opened an inquiry after identifying that the trustees had given an individual over £900,000 via unsecured loans. >Read more...

Charity Commission

23 September 2021

Government updates Coronavirus guidance to reflect 'return to work' and the end of shielding

The update removed references to groups who were classed as 'extremely clinically vulnerable' as the shielding programme has now ended. (The guidance was also updated on 1 October 2021 following the end of the furlough scheme.) Read the updated guidance >Read more...

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

22 September 2021

National Emergencies Trust launches £1.2 Million Local Action Fund with Crowdfunder

The fund will support community and voluntary organisations affected by the pandemic. >Read more...

National Emergencies Trust

20 September 2021

Charity Fraud Awareness Week (18-22 October 2021)

This campaign is to raise awareness of the fraud and cybercrime affecting the charity sector. Read more about it >Read more...

Charity Commission

20 September 2021

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland launches new stakeholder forum

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland's engagement forum will hold its first meeting on 22 September. The forum has 14 members drawn from across the charity sector.

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

17 September 2021

Jersey non-profits to be risk assessed

The Government of Jersey and the Jersey Financial Services Commission are surveying local non-profit organisations in order to assess the potential risk of them being used to finance terrorism. >Read more...

Jersey Financial Services Commission

17 September 2021

Charities Bill 2021 briefing paper

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland's Chief Executive, Frances McCandless, and Chief Commissioner, Nicole Lappin, address the Communities Committee on the Charities Bill 2021. Read the briefing >Read more...

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

12 September 2021

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden discusses the recruitment of a new Charity Commission chair

The Culture Secretary outlines how the recruitment of a new chair provides an opportunity to refocus charities on their important founding missions. >Read more...

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport