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Charity Update 9 January 2013



United Kingdom

Charity Update 9 January 2013
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27 November 2012

Lord Hodgson's three favoured reforms to The Charities Act

When asked to name key areas of reform Lord Hodgson identifies the clarification of duties of trustees, thresholds for registration and removal of bars to social investment.

(Fieldfisher has previously asked for greater clarity on social investment)

Parliament UK

12 December 2012

Ruling on volunteer employment rights upheld

An action brought by a CAB volunteer has been stopped by the Supreme Court confirming that volunteers do not have the same rights as employees.

Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

16 December 2012

Fundraiser breaches Institute of Fundraising codes of practice

Following investigations the Fundraising Standards Board rules that the fundraiser Tag Campaigns has breached charity law and the IoF's codes of practice whilst fundraising in London.

Fundraising Standards Board

18 December 2012

Can the demands for CIOs be met?

Concerns are raised as to whether the Charity Commission has the resources to deal with the demand for registration of CIOs.

Civil Society Finance

19 December 2012

'Double dip' hits the World Giving Index

A report by CAF shows a decline in giving globally.

Charity Aid Foundation

20 December 2012

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme becomes law

The Gift Aid Donations Bill has become law as the Small Charitable Donations Act from 6 April 2013.

HM Revenue & Customs

20 December 2012

Administration burden of Gift Aid to be lessened

New rules to reduce the administration of Gift Aid for charity shops.

HM Revenue & Customs

21 December 2012

Publication of FRS 102 delayed

The publication of the new financial reporting standard, FRS 102, which will apply to all organisations in the UK has been delayed from January 2013 to mid-February 2013.

Civil Society Finance 

December 2012

Drive to bring payroll giving to new generation

CAF publishes a report calling for concerted action to encourage the use of payroll giving, 25 years after its introduction.

(Fieldfisher client BEN is one of the UK's four main payroll giving agencies and was among the first to introduce payroll giving.)

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