Charity Commission launches email bulletin for umbrella bodies and capacity-building charities

Network News was trialled in July and a second edition was sent out this month

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The Charity Commission has launched an email news bulletin for umbrella bodies and capacity-building charities, called Network News.

The first edition of Network News was sent out in July as a trial. A second edition was sent in December to about 60 umbrella bodies and capacity-building organisations, and to other non-charitable bodies with links to the commission, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

The December edition says: "The feedback we received from the first issue was very positive; you said you found it useful, in that it provided a set of ready-made articles that could be sent to your groups and contacts through your own internal communications."

This edition also includes news about changes to the annual return for 2015 and its consultation on a new version of its guide for board members, The Essential Trustee, among other items.

A spokeswoman for the commission said that Network News was "still very much in the pilot stage", but the regulator hoped to publish it on a quarterly basis.

She said: "The organisations on our current circulation list are those that we have links with and which have a group or constituency in the charity sector that they work with. CC News remains the main trustee communication to which members of the public can sign up."

CC News is also quarterly and contains a round-up of key announcements, publications and other notices from the commission, but has been running for more than a decade.

Other umbrella bodies that are interested in receiving the new bulletin are invited to contact the commission, the spokeswoman said.

Substantial cuts to the commission's budget in recent years have meant it has increasingly encouraged people to use its online services because it has been able to offer less individual support to charities over the telephone, which some charity trustees have found frustrating.

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