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Last updated June 2019

Policy News

News subjects related to UK legislation and guidance, with links to accompanying documents and details useful to ACO members and their clients.


  • Taxation - Closeup of desk items including a calculator with Tax+ and Tax- buttons
    Social investment tax relief

    The government seeks views on the future of social investment tax relief (SITR) upon finding demand for the measure has been significantly less than first anticipated, and is due to come to an end in 2021.

  • Local Elections - Polling station in Victorian country house
    Lack of women candidates for local elections

    The lack of women candidates in local elections ‘puts councils behind the times’. Data produced by the Fawcett Society and Democracy Club finds women are making up just a third of those running.

  • Brexit - Jigsaw puzzle of EU flags and stars with one star removed, revealing the union jack
    CFG warning on no-deal Brexit

    The Charity Finance Group (CFG) has warned that a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for the charity sector. Speaking at the organisation’s annual conference, CFG chief executive Caron Bradshaw said the Brexit process had exposed a “polarised” society, to which charities are “best placed” to respond.

  • Racial diversity - Group of people from many racial backgrounds joining hands
    Racial Diversity Project launched

    Acevo and Voice4Change England have launched a racial diversity project, where BAME charity staff will be asked to share their views on how change might be introduced in the sector.

  • Superyacht - The Paul Gaugin cruise ship
    Fall in donations from richest

    There is a fall in the proportion of richest people donating more than 1 per cent of their wealth, but academic Beth Breeze says she does not believe this shows there is a problem with philanthropy in the UK.

  • Department of Work and Pensions - DWP headquarters, Caxton House in London
    Universal Credit claimants left in the dark

    New analysis from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has found Universal Credit claimants are routinely left unaware of how much they should receive, how their awards are calculated, and if and how they can challenge DWP decisions.

  • Hate crime - Poster campaign graphics from South Yorkshire Police encouraging crime to be reported
    Online hate crime

    A new study from disability charity Leonard Cheshire indicates an alarming rise in digital hate crime against disabled people, with a 33% increase recorded between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

  • Stress at work - Young woman having difficulty coping with  a stress-inducing meeting
    Stress in charity staff

    Most charity staff are stressed at work, according to a survey by Unite. More than 850 people from 238 charities responded, 80 per cent saying they have experienced workplace stress and more than 40 per cent of them saying their jobs are damaging their mental health.

  • Giving at Ramadan - Older man gives gift to younger woman and her child
    Giving safely at Ramadan

    The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator launched the safer giving campaign to urge people to give safely this Ramadan.

  • Probation - Plaque outside offices showing logo of the National Probation Service
    Probation to be renationalised

    The supervision of offenders in the community is to be undertaken by the state once again after Grayling reforms.

  • Universal Credit - Login window for Universal Credit online portal
    Pension credit changes

    Concerns have arisen that pensioners with working age partners could lose £7,320 a year when placed on Universal Credit. Campaigners warn the benefits change could push thousands of elderly people into poverty.

  • Fundraising - Close-up of fundraising collection tins
    Drop in charitable giving

    The study by Third Sector Donating Trends in the UK 2019 shows the first dip in charitable giving since 2016.

  • Child Poverty - Young girl looks out of dirty windows
    Welfare shake-up will increase child poverty

    A new study warns that welfare changes ‘will double the number of children in poverty’, and half of low-income families will lose thousands of pounds a year.

  • Phishing - printed paper with username and password fields, suspended from a fishing hook
    Charity Commission issues cybercrime alert

    The Charity Commission has published an alert for charity trustees with information on how to report cybercrime. The regulator said the alert comes "amid ongoing prevalent threats, particularly around phishing emails".

  • Copper coins - Mixture of one pence and two pence coins in the palm of a hand
    Mixed response to keeping coppers

    Voluntary sector bodies have given a mixed response to the government’s decision to keep 1p and 2p coins. The Institute of Fundraising and the Directory of Social Change welcomed the move, but the Charity Finance Group says withdrawing coppers could present opportunities for charities.

  • Child Poverty - Close-up of ragged shoes
    UN’s UK Poverty Report

    The UK's social safety net has been "deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos", a report commissioned by the UN has said. Special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston said "ideological" cuts to public services since 2010 have led to "tragic consequences".