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The Charity Commission's revised guidance will give trustees assurance, lawyers say

Melanie Carter

Restricting judicial review

Changes to judicial review will harm campaigning charities, lawyers such as Melanie Carter have warned

 John Gladwin, chair of the new Association of Chairs

Analysis: Commission scraps the summary information return

Other changes are publication of FRSB membership and trustee payment: the latter is welcomed by John Gladwin, chair of the new Association of Chairs

Alison Paines

Charities should review implications of the Freedom of Information Act, lawyer says

Alison Paines of Withers solicitors says a case in the Supreme Court this week highlights how sensitive information might be made public

Professor Elizabeth Cooke

Law Commission's charity law review will include mixed-purpose investment

Professor Elizabeth Cooke, in charge of the charity law project, says the review will establish whether existing law is clear enough for trustees

Jane Hobson

Charity Commission to scrap the summary information return in 2014

It will also display information about payment of trustees and FRSB membership on its online register; head of policy Jane Hobson promises guidance in January

Association of Chairs launched

First membership body for the chairs of charities will champion their role and develop best practice

Sir Peter Bottomley

NCVO has led over-reaction to lobbying bill, says Conservative MP

Sir Peter Bottomley, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering, also criticises charities that ask their supporters to email him

Pete Waterman

CSV promotes its annual volunteering campaign on 'Boris bikes'

The bank Barclays has donated branding space on 2,000 bicycles in London to the charity for its campaign, supported by the record producer Pete Waterman

Rainbow Rooms UK

Charity forced to close after false rape accusation against chief executive

Rainbow Rooms UK, which supports gay people in Wiltshire, goes into liquidation after financial and reputational damage incurred by the allegation

High Court

Charity tribunal rejects appeal by corporate trustee of Cup Trust

After a hearing at the High Court, the tribunal says there is 'overwhelming public interest' in the Charity Commission continuing its inquiry into the controversial charity

Sir Stuart Etherington

NCVO chief questions Charity Commission chair's comments on lobbying bill

In a letter to William Shawcross, Sir Stuart Etherington (pictured) says the sector is not as happy with the bill as the regulator's chair has suggested

Bath Rugby Club

Bath Recreation Ground appeals to go before charity tribunal

Three people are disputing the Charity Commission's decision to approve a scheme that will replace the trustees of the Bath Recreation Ground Trust next year

Harrogate Fair Trade Shop

Harrogate Fair Trade Shop appeals to charity tribunal over refusal of charitable status

The Charity Commission turned down the shop's application because 'trading is not in itself a charitable purpose'

Charity Commission

Youth homelessness charity The Bridge (Oxford) removed from 'double defaulters' inquiry

The Charity Commission confirms that the charity, which provides emergency accommodation for homeless young people, has filed its outstanding documents

Ruth Marvel

Large charities should 'scale up' the innovations of smaller organisations, report says

Ruth Marvel, co-author of the report When Bees Meet Trees, says that larger organisations that develop external ideas could improve their own effectiveness


Reach makes trustee-matching service free for medium-sized and small charities

The volunteering charity previously charged them £75 a time for its TrusteeWorks matching service

Toni Pearce

National Union of Students challenges William Shawcross on remarks about extremist speakers

Toni Pearce, president of the NUS, has written to the Charity Commission chair to point out it takes a strong line on the issue

Martyn Lewis

National Council for Voluntary Organisations launches inquiry into chief executive pay

Martyn Lewis, chair of the NCVO, will oversee an inquiry that will draw up guidelines for trustees on top pay and publish its recommendations in the spring

Lough Neagh Rescue

Former trustee of Northern Irish lifeboat charity appeals decision to take him off board

Trevor McKee has appealed to the Northern Ireland Charity Tribunal against his removal as a trustee of Lough Neagh Rescue by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland