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Last updated November 2017

Policy News

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


  • Investing for Global Impact 2019 - Report cover graphics
    Investing for Global Impact 2019

    Barclays are collaborating with the Financial Times to conduct research that underpins Investing for Global Impact and also investigates the attitudes and investment activities of individuals and families who do not participate in impact investing or philanthropy.

  • Chartered Insurance Institute - Solving Women’s pension deficit to improve retirement outcomes for all
    Women’s state pension age now 65

    The state pension age for women has risen to 65 to match men for the first time, which has prompted warnings that the pace of equalisation has left some female retirees facing poverty.

  • 12 Days of giving - Graphics from the Ecclesiastical website
    12 Days of giving

    Each weekday from 6 to 21 December, 10 charities will win £1,000. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities in 12 days!

  • Bad Santa - Billy Bob Thornton takes a break in the Movie 'Bad Santa'
    Does Santa need a DBS check?

    It will soon be that time of year when organisations start building grottos and searching for Father Christmas and his elves, so we thought we would remind you about whether these roles can be DBS checked.

  • Fixed-odds betting terminals - Gambling machines installed in a UK bookmakers
    Gambling machine rules go ahead in April

    Just in case you missed it, the maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals will be cut from next April after the government bowed to pressure. Ministers had been facing a parliamentary defeat, with several Tory MPs joining opposition politicians to table amendments to the finance bill.

  • Computer Security - concept graphics
    Charity Digital Code of Practice

    The Charity Digital Code of Practice launched in mid-November is a new framework to help charities understand where they are at with digital, what they are doing well and what they could develop.

  • Food Bank - Volunteers sort donations ready for distribution
    13% increase in foodbank use

    Action still needed on Universal Credit wait, as new figures show a 13% increase in foodbank use in just six months compared to this time last year

  • Homeless - Homeless woman seated in one of london's tube station corridors
    Inquiry into effectiveness of welfare system

    The Commons Select Committee’s new inquiry, launched as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty makes an investigative visit to the UK, will consider how effectively our welfare system works to protect against hardship and chronic deprivation.

  • Snakes and Ladders - A closeup photo of the classic game
    New online service for PIP appeals

    People can now appeal Personal Independence Payment decisions online after a limited trial revealed high levels of user satisfaction. More than 2,600 applications have been received by the service so far.

  • Annual Report on the Social Fund 2017-18 - Cover title and goldfish bowl with coins
    Annual Report on the Social Fund 2017-18

    In the last year the Social Fund has provided over £625.3 million to support families on low income with certain one-off or occasional expenses through Budgeting Loans, Sure Start Maternity Grants, Funeral Expenses Payments and Cold Weather Payments. Winter Fuel Payments continued to provide an additional £2 billion to support older people in meeting their heating costs.

  • Digital Training - Graphics with book blending into laptop
    £1m Digital Leadership Fund for charities

    The funding announced in mid-November will be used to expand, improve or rework existing training programmes to help charity leaders bolster their digital skills and understanding of how technology can improve their organisation.

  • Community group - Mixed age and race group
    DWP single departmental plan

    The plan outlines the department aim to “deliver a modern, fair and affordable welfare system that makes a positive difference to citizens’ lives by extending opportunity, strengthening personal responsibility and enabling fulfilment of personal potential.”

  • UK National Minimum Wage - Graphics for UK National Minimum Wage
    National Living Wage increases

    Future rates were announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Budget. The National Living Wage (NLW), the statutory minimum for workers aged 25 and over, will increase by 4.9% to £8.21 per hour. Rates for younger workers will also increase above inflation and average earnings. They will apply from 1st April 2019.

  • Local homes and businesses - Victorian homes and shop fronts in a state of decay
    London councils demands tax powers

    Tax-raising powers must be devolved to London boroughs to ease pressure on councils “already on the brink”, an umbrella group has urged. A 63% cut in core funding from government since 2010 alongside a population boom has put public services in the capital under “significant pressure”, according to London Councils.

  • Back in Credit? Universal Credit after Budget 2018 - Graphics from the Resolution Foundation report cover
    Back in Credit?

    The Budget 2018 work allowance increase means that the number of working families that gain from the switch to UC increases by 200,000 – from 2.2 million families previously to 2.4 million families now. Among working families with children, the number (1.5 million) expected to be better off under UC now matches the number (1.5 million) expected to be worse off.

  • Draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement - Graphics showing the word brexit in a jigsaw puzzle
    Draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

    The draft Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union, including a Protocol on Northern Ireland. It reflects agreement in principle between the UK and EU negotiating teams on the full legal text.

  • Good growth for cities - Graphics from the PWC web page for the report
    Good growth for cities

    Improving skills levels and new business formation have been the key long-term drivers of city growth since the financial crisis, according to the seventh annual Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities 2018 index that ranks cities on a combination of economic performance and quality of life.

  • Charity Commission Annual Return Service - Graphics used on the service website
    New questions in charity annual return

    The 2018 annual return includes new questions. The Charity commission says it recognises that for some charities the new questions will create additional work. Certain questions will be optional this year to give time to put the systems in place to collect the information easily, requiring less effort in future.

  • Brexit Civil Society Alliance - Graphics from the website
    Brexit Civil Society Alliance

    “The Brexit Civil Society Alliance is a UK wide alliance of charities, voluntary and campaigning organisations, all working together to ensure that the voices of civil society are heard in the Brexit process.

  • Loneliness and social exclusion - A senoir citizen holds her head in her hands while seated at a park bench
    A connected society

    Launched by the Prime minister this is the new government strategy for tackling loneliness. . It marks a shift in the way we see and act on loneliness, both within government and in society more broadly.

  • Camera lens - closeup of camera lens
    Gambling Commission crackdown on unfair operators

    New rules from the Gambling Commission, which come into force from 31 October 2018, mean gambling companies that break advertising rules or breach consumer law will face tougher action. The new requirements, which follow an open consultation, provide stronger protection for consumers and ensure they are treated fairly by gambling businesses.

  • Lifebuoy - lifebuoy or lifebelt floating in water
    'Local welfare' schemes on brink of collapse

    Thousands of people are being swept further into poverty or forced to turn to foodbanks and other charitable responses, as a result of cuts to crisis support in England according to new research.

  • Stalking - Man in hoodie follows anxious woman
    Committee urge widening bill on Domestic Abuse

    The Home Affairs Committee say national refuge funding, a new stalkers register, and an end to single Universal Credit Payments should be part of new Government Bill on Domestic Abuse. The Report also urges the Government to widen it to be a Violence against Women and Girls and Domestic Abuse Bill.

  • Legal Aid - Barristers presenting their case in a UK court
    Affordability for those ineligible for legal aid

    This report considers whether people defending criminal proceedings in Magistrates' Courts and the Crown Court who are required by the criminal legal aid system to contribute to or pay fully for legal costs, based on their income, can always afford to do so while maintaining a minimum acceptable living standard.

  • Computer Security - concept graphics
    Charity digital code of practice launches in November

    The first digital code of practice for charities is to launch this month to help the sector improve their tech skills and increase digital take up. The code will be voluntary and free to access and has been developed following a consultation involving a survey of 171 charity representatives.

  • Employment and Support Allowance trials - Young woman trained to use a pillar drill
    £1.67bn bill for benefits arrears

    Benefits claimants will receive a £1.67bn windfall, owing to “historic underpayments” by the DWP. An average of £5,000 is owed to around 180,000 people who previously claimed Employment Support Allowance, the Department has revealed.

  • Everybody active, every day - Man and woman perform excercises
    Everybody active, every day

    ‘Everybody active, every day’ is a national, evidence-based approach from Public Health England to support all sectors to embed physical activity into the fabric of daily life and make it an easy, cost-effective and ‘normal’ choice in every community in England.

  • Cold weather - Snow warning sign
    Cold weather plan for England

    Cold related deaths represent the biggest weather related source of mortality. Although temperatures are gradually rising with climate change, cold weather deaths are still expected to be high by 2050, due to the ageing and increasing population. So we are going to need the guidance in these pages to protect the public from the effects of cold for many years to come.

  • Charities SORP - Illustartion of businessman scaling a rock carved with the letters SORP
    Charities SORP update bulletin published

    A second SORP update bulletin has been published that keeps the SORP up to date with changes to UK-Irish accounting that come into effect from 1 January 2019.

  • Healthcare - Nurses push patient trolley along corridor
    Council squeeze blocks progress on health integration

    The Government still lacks effective overall strategy or plan to achieve aim of integrating sectors. It should set out a costed 10-year plan for social care to go with its 10-year plan for the NHS according to the Public Accounts Committee.

  • Britain's Brexit hopes, fears and expectations - A new report from JRF analyses the results of questions on attitudes to Brexit
    Britain's Brexit hopes, fears and expectations

    A new report from JRF analyses the results of questions on attitudes to Brexit from the 2017 British Social Attitudes survey. It focuses on the long-term consequences of Brexit, and pays special attention to the views of people on a low income.

  • Taxation - Closeup of desk items including a calculator with Tax+ and Tax- buttons
    Making Tax Digital delayed for some charities

    HMRC has announced that it will delay mandation of MTD VAT for a small minority of VAT registered businesses with more complex requirements until 1 October 2019.

  • Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities updated - Clay model figures with woman surrounding them with her hands
    Safeguarding to be supported through new fund

    Charity employees, volunteers and those that benefit from their services will be better protected under new safeguarding measures, Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch has announced. Up to £2 million will be invested in projects that raise awareness of safeguarding and improve incident handling, protecting more people from harm within the charity sector.

  • Charity Governance Awards 2019 - Winners from the 2018 awards
    Charity Governance Awards 2019

    The Charity Governance Awards are open for nominations. The awards which celebrate outstanding governance in charities small and large present a unique opportunity to champion best practice across seven award areas.

  • Trustees Week - Logo for the organisation
    Trustees’ Week 2018

    Trustees’ Week is the annual celebration of trustees. It serves as an opportunity to support existing trustees in their roles and encourage new people to become board members. This year offers open access to online governance tools and resources for the week and discounts on training and publications and sharing new tools and resources.

  • Charity Commission - Plaque outside offices in Drummond Gate, London
    Final report of CC safeguarding taskforce

    Charities submitted a total of 2,114 reports of serious incidents relating to safeguarding incidents or issues between 20 February and 30 September 2018.

  • Disclosure and barring - Opened filing cabinet wit folders inside
    Updated eligibility guidance for DBS checks

    Updated guides to help you identify the types of work eligible for an enhanced DBS check in each of the workforces. The Disclosure and Barring Service have provided an updated series of guidance that will help you work out whether you can legally request a standard DBS check for potential or existing staff.

  • Fundraising Regulator launches consultation - Close-up of fundraising collection tins
    Fundraising Code consultation opens

    A consultation on the accessibility of the fundraising code is now open. It aims to ensure the code is a straightforward and practical tool for fundraisers and the public. The consultation looks at the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the code.

  • Charity Fraud Awareness Week 2018 - Graphics from the Fraud Advisory Panel site
    Charity Fraud Awareness Week 2018

    Charity Fraud Awareness Week promotes openness and honesty about fraud. It brings together everyone involved in the charity and not-for-profit sectors to raise awareness and share good practice in tackling fraud and financial crime.

  • GLAD research - Graphics from the GLAD site
    Volunteers required for depression study

    Researchers at GLAD are asking people who have suffered from depression and anxiety to provide DNA samples so they can look for common genes.

  • Policy - Interior of the House of Lords debating chamber
    Call for evidence into social care funding

    The Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the social care system in England and invites written contributions to its investigation. The deadline for submissions is 9th October 2018.

  • Mental Health - A pile of Scrabble game pieces with letters visible spelling 'Mental Health'
    People’s experience of care coordination

    Care coordination, such as supporting a person to manage their medication, or to arrange their finances, is essential for people with mental health problems. In response to NHS England’s call out for evidence, this brief presents a feedback summary following two engagement events with Citizens Advice clients with mental health problems about their experience of mental health care coordination.

  • Brexit negotiations - May and Juncker at conference
    How could Brexit affect poverty in the UK?

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation: “It is unacceptable that 14 million people are locked in poverty as Britain prepares for Brexit. The Brexit vote reflected deep-seated anger about economic marginalisation, poverty and lack of opportunities, but it is highly unlikely that leaving the European Union will solve these problems”.

  • Charity Commission - Plaque outside offices in Drummond Gate, London
    Charities must communicate better

    The Charity Commission has published the results of its latest monitoring reviews of charity trustees’ annual reports and accounts. The findings reveal a modest improvement in the quality of public reporting, but the regulator says that too many charities are still falling short in this area.

  • Mental health at work - Your first stop for better Mental Health at Work
    Mental health at work

    Launched in September, the Mental Health at Work gateway is an online platform that provides resources, training and information to improve working life.

  • Philanthropy - Woman standing next to a large graphic with the definition of the word 'philanthropy'
    Role of Mayor and GLA in civic philanthropy?

    The GLA has commissioned this independent Review against a backdrop of extensive reflection about the future of civil society and the implications of fast-dissolving barriers between the public, private and voluntary/community sectors.

  • Brexit - UK flag umbrella surrounded by EU flag umbrellas
    New Brexit 'no deal' planning documents

    All 28 of the documents planning for no deal have now been posted on the government’s Brexit website. They have been posted alongside the documents released in August:

  • Fundraising - coffee cup , glasses and a small blackboard with the word 'fundraising' witten on it
    Fundraising Fundamentals

    Whether you’re just starting out in fundraising or you simply want a refresher of the basics, a new toolkit from Charities Aid Foundation will help you put the foundations in place for an effective fundraising strategy.

  • Talk Money Week 2018 - Graphics from the site
    Talk Money Week 2018

    Talk Money Week (formerly Financial Capability Week) is the annual celebration of the work thousands of organisations are doing to improve money management across the UK. It is an annual event which takes place in mid-November, organised as part of the Financial Capability Strategy for the UK.

  • Hidden disability - Not every disability is visible
    Blue Badges for people with hidden disabilities

    The Blue Badge scheme is to be extended to people with ‘hidden’ disabilities in the biggest overhaul to the system in 40 years, offering accessible parking for people who find travel difficult early next year.

  • Universal Credit sanctions - Flowchart showing myriad of processes to implement sanctions on the poor, sick and disabled
    UC sanctions under the spotlight

    The Department for Work and Pensions have published the latest quarterly benefits sanction statistics to April 2018 highlighting the alarming level of sanctions imposed on claimants compared to other benefit systems with over 63% of all claimants facing some sanction.

  • Help - Couple work out their finances together, man holds out cardboard sign reading 'help'
    Hard-pressed household income, saving and debt

    The Treasury Committee has concluded that hard-pressed households need Government action to deal with debts and that many households are over-indebted and lack a ‘rainy day’ savings buffer.

  • Domestic violence - Angry woman strikes recoiling man
    Domestic abuse risk under Universal Credit

    The Work and Pensions Committee warns that single household payments of Universal Credit could put claimants living with domestic abuse at risk of harm.

  • Gender pay gap reporting - Graphics from the HMG website for gender pay gap
    Business must close the gender pay gap

    The UK has one of the highest gender pay gaps in Europe and pay reporting can only be the first step in closing it, says the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee in their Report on 'Gender pay gap reporting'.

  • No money - Man holds open empty wallet
    People in UK have £19 billion hidden debt

    Citizens Advice Bureau estimates that half of the £19 billion of hidden debt held by people in the UK is made up of debts to central government — including tax credit and benefit overpayments.

  • The Living Standards Audit 2018 - Graphics from the report cover
    The Living Standards Audit 2018

    Every year the Resolution Foundation publishes an ‘audit’ of living standards in the UK. As part of this they estimate how household incomes have performed over the past year, producing a ‘nowcast’ of the figures before the official data is released.

  • Gift Aid - Small pastel coloured gift boxes representing gift aid donations
    HRMC Gift Aid guidance updated

    HMRC has updated the Chapter 3 Gift Aid guidance to include requirements relevant to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

  • Disability assessment - Nurse checks wheelchair user's leg
    Government promises full arrears for disabled claimants

    The Work and Pensions Secretary has announced that arrears for up to 70,000 disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to employment and support allowance (ESA) will be backdated to the date that they moved to ESA.

  • Cost of a Child in 2018 - Graphics from the report cover
    Cost of a Child in 2018 released

    CPAG's latest Cost of a Child report shows what it costs to raise a child to age 18, based on what the public thinks is a minimum standard of living. The overall cost of a child (including rent and childcare) is £150,753 for a couple and £183,335 for a lone parent.

  • Charities SORP - Illustartion of businessman scaling a rock carved with the letters SORP
    Charity regulators to review of SORP making process

    The four charity regulators in the UK and Republic of Ireland have decided to hold a governance review of the constitution and composition of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) committee and the SORP making process.

  • Charities against Fraud Awards 2018 - Graphics from the Charities against Fraud Awards 2018 site
    Charities against Fraud Awards 2018

    Entries for the Charities against Fraud Awards 2018 are open. These awards are specifically designed to recognise excellence in tackling fraud within the charity sector.

  • NHS - NHS sign on building
    GP practices to become ‘veteran friendly’

    GPs are signing up to become ‘veteran friendly’ under a new national scheme to improve medical care and treatment for former members of the armed services that has been backed by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs.

  • Website grants for small charities  - Graphics from the site
    Website grants for small charities

    Funding is now available from the Transform Foundation under its Small Charities Funded Website Programme. The programme is aimed at charities with incomes below £350k annually to receive a new, best practice website built using templates funded by the Transform Foundation. This programme is designed specifically for very small charities and is separate to their main

  • Homeless - Homeless person sitting at one end of the Millennium Bridge, London
    Rough sleeping prevention, intervention, and recovery

    Up to 6,000 vulnerable people will receive rapid specialist assessments and support under new measures in the government’s rough sleeping strategy.

  • Funerals - A casket with white flowers, presented in a funeral plot prior to internment
    Changing trends in UK mortality

    According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), until 2011, life expectancy in the UK had been increasing for a number of decades; however, in the second decade of the 21st century, the UK along with several other countries has seen a notable slowdown in these improvements in both male and female mortality.

  • Legal challenge to Common Reporting Standard - Graphics from the report cover
    Legal challenge to Common Reporting Standard

    Law firm Mishcon de Reya has taken legal steps against the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and the Beneficial Ownership registers to call into question the wider repercussions for fundamental rights and the relationship between individuals and the State.

  • Community Life Survey 2017-18 - Illustration of city community
    Community Life Survey 2017-18

    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport commissions the Community Life Survey. It provides official statistics on issues that are important in encouraging social action and empowering communities, including volunteering, giving, community engagement, well-being and loneliness.

  • The lives we want to lead - Graphics from the report cover
    The lives we want to lead

    The Local Government Association has issued a consultative green paper for adult social care and wellbeing to promote debate about how to fund care in communities and how the wider care and health system can be better geared towards supporting and improving people’s wellbeing.

  • Help - Couple work out their finances together, man holds out cardboard sign reading 'help'
    Are households living beyond their means?

    Research published by the Office for National Statistics in July indicates UK households have seen their outgoings surpass their income for the first time in nearly 30 years.

  • Online giving - Conceptual image of coin slot in a computer keyboard key
    FR new rules for online fundraising

    The Fundraising Regulator has published new rules and guidance outlining the responsibilities of online fundraising platforms. Guidance has also been produced to help the general public who want to raise funds using these platforms to ensure they do not inadvertently breach the Code.

  • 1 in 10 MPs in England believe the social care system is fit for purpose - Nurse talks to elderly patient in wheelchair
    NHS Health Check for dementia risk

    Healthcare professionals in GP surgeries and the community will soon give advice on dementia risk to patients as part of the NHS Health Check. People over 40 in England will be given advice on dementia as part of their free NHS health check.

  • Disability assessment - Nurse checks wheelchair user's leg
    Concerns over DWP cash incentives

    The DWP has announced it is developing in-house IT capacity for medical assessments after the Commons Select Committee received thousands of accounts of shoddy, error-ridden reports that have slipped through the net.

  • Jobcentre - Woman blurred while walking past a Job Centre
    Rolling out Universal Credit

    A recent report from the National Audit Office says here is no practical alternative to continuing with Universal Credit. It recognises the determination and single-mindedness with which the DWP has driven the programme forward to date, through many problems.

  • Charity Annual Returns - Image of calculator and spreadsheet
    Charity annual return 2018

    The Charity Commission has published guidance on how you can prepare for the 2018 annual return service, which will be available this summer.

  • Fingerprints - Close-up of a hand with inked fingers, on top of a fingerprint record sheet
    Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB)

    The CRTB is open to all organisations registered with the DBS, Disclosure Scotland and Access NI. They will work together to promote a culture of safeguarding and referral.

  • Housing - Man walks trough a high-rise housing complex in the UK
    Universal Credit and rented housing: guide for landlords

    The DWP has issued guidance to private and social sector landlords with information about Universal Credit to help them understand what they can do to help their tenants prepare for their move to the single Universal Credit benefit payment and making direct payments of their housing costs direct to their landlord themselves.

  • Automation - Humaniod robot
    Committee inquiry into automation & future of work

    The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has launched an inquiry on automation and the future of work, looking at its likely impact on UK businesses and the potential it has for productivity, growth and reindustrialisation.

  • Association of Chairs - Graphics for the Beacon initiative
    Beacon: for Chairs leading smaller charities

    A new lottery funded programme of training for charity board Chairs is being offered by the Association of Chairs. The programme is for Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations in England with an annual income of under £1 million.

  • Jobcentre - Woman blurred while walking past a Job Centre
    One in five universal credit claims fail

    According to data released under the Freedom of Information Act, which analysed applications for universal credit over one month, a fifth of UC applications were turned down because of "non-compliance with the process". Of those, half failed to book an initial interview.

  • Council Tax - Closeup of demand for council tax
    Council Tax disregard

    Some people will be eligible for discounts, disregards and exemptions on their council tax. All of these terms have different meanings, so it’s important to know the difference.

  • Working Women - Women working in factory, 1916
    The rise and rise of women's employment

    Over the past 40 years, the UK has seen an almost continual rise in the proportion of women in employment. These changes are largely the result of a huge change in working patterns at particular points in the life cycle, with far more women in employment over the course of their mid-to-late 20s and early 30s.

  • Charity Finance Group - people in working group studying data
    CFG Economic Outlook Briefing 2018

    Charity Finance Group's latest Economic Outlook Briefing analyses key financial trends across the economy, income and expenditure including inflation, government spending, wage growth and tax. It has found that inflation means that charities have to raise £3.7bn a year extra by 2020 in order to maintain their spending power from 2014/15.

  • Trustees - A boardroom table with meeting notes
    Charity trustee welcome pack

    Each year there are around 100,000 new trustees, appointed either as trustees of newly registered charities or in existing charities. This new guide from the Charity Commission will be emailed to new trustees to introduce them to the role so that they have a basic understanding of their duties and responsibilities.

  • Fundraising Regulator guidance on complaints - Graphics from the report
    Fundraising Regulator guidance on complaints

    The Fundraising Regulator has published new complaints guidance and made a change to the Code of Fundraising Practice, which now requires charities to make their complaints procedures publicly available.

  • Alarm clock - Old fashioned alarm clock with man waking up from sleep in the background
    Sleep-in pay crisis threatens fifth of care jobs

    A survey commissioned by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), which received about 90 responses, found that 68 per cent said there would be a threat to the viability of their organisation if they were made to pay six years' back-pay to sleep-in shift workers historically paid below the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

  • Jobcentre - Woman blurred while walking past a Job Centre
    Universal Credit and Modern Employment

    New analysis from Citizens Advice finds some workers may struggle to achieve financial stability on Universal Credit - particularly those affected by cuts made to the benefit since 2015 and those in less traditional forms of work.

  • Heating - Wall mounted central heating thermostat, with person adsjusting it
    Cold Weather Payment 2017/18

    Weekly Social Fund Cold Weather Payment estimates are available for 2017 to 2018, including the estimated number of payments and total amounts paid in Great Britain.

  • New Philanthropy Capital - NPC logo and graphics
    Building corporate-charity partnerships

    Honesty, creativity and more understanding and equal relationships will help charity-corporate partnerships shift to deliver more impact for everyone, says a new report from charity think-tank NPC.

  • Department of Work and Pensions - DWP headquarters, Caxton House in London
    NAO Investigation into errors in ESA

    The National Audit Office conducted an investigation into concerns raised by members of Parliament and the media in November 2017 about underpayments in Employment and Support Allowance paid to people with limited capability to work due to illness or disability.

  • Taxation - Closeup of desk items including a calculator with Tax+ and Tax- buttons
    Tax on termination payments

    Employers will need to pay Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments from 6th April 2018, whether or not they are contractual payments.

  • Crisis - Report graphics and crisis logo
    The Homelessness Monitor: England 2018

    This annual report funded by Crisis and JRF analyses the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness, drawing on a survey of councils, statistical analysis and in-depth interviews.

  • School meals - Junior schoolchildren enjoying lunch together
    Free school meals under universal credit

    The government has finally confirmed how it plans to assess eligibility for free school meals (FSMs) under universal credit - awarding them to families on UC with net earnings under £7,400 a year.

  • Giving safely to charities - Graphics from video covering safe charity giving
    Giving safely to charities

    Giving to charity is a longstanding and important tradition, and the British public are generous when it comes to supporting charitable causes. Sadly, that generosity can sometimes be undermined by those who seek to intercept charitable funds for their own gain.

  • Volunteers Week 2018 - Logo for the campaign
    Volunteering for all

    Volunteers' Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1st-7th June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

  • Sage Foundation - Woman with arms and hands in focus, fingers formed in a heart shape
    Sage software for non-profits

    The Sage Foundation is donating licences for its latest people-management software to not-for-profit organisations. The US accounting, payroll and payment systems company is also offering 50 per cent licence contributions on all subsequent licences for Sage Business Cloud People.

  • Taxation - Closeup of desk items including a calculator with Tax+ and Tax- buttons
    UK tax and benefit changes 2018/19

    Last November the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered the Budget for 2018/19. These changes take effect in April 2018 and will see some significant tax changes come into effect, as well as the usual uprating of tax thresholds.

  • Homeless - Homeless person sitting at one end of the Millennium Bridge, London
    Public bodies duty for homelessness

    The government has outlined how councils and public bodies must support the homeless or those at risk of losing their home under their new duties introduced by the Homelessness Reduction Act.

  • Debt - Man studies bills spread across table
    Government urged to provide year debt grace

    The government has been called on to grant a "breathing space" of up to a year to people who are struggling under debt.

  • Gaming machines - Narrow focus on a row of gaming or slot machines
    Advice on gaming machines social responsibility

    The Gambling Commission has published its recommendations to the Government on how to reduce the risks that vulnerable consumers face from gambling. It recommends that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals slots stakes should be limited to £2. However, it says the stake limit for FOBT non-slot games should be set at or below £30.

  • Work - Man opens warehouse shutters
    Understanding Universal Credit

    The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new Understanding Universal Credit website to help people find out what Universal Credit means for them. It was created in response to requests from claimants and partner organisations for more information about Universal Credit.

  • Jobcentre - Woman blurred while walking past a Job Centre
    Jobcentre opportunities for organisations

    Jobcentre Plus wants to work with local public and voluntary organisations that will help unemployed people move off benefits and into employment. Some opportunities focus on specific measures or specific groups.

  • Wheelchair - Man in wheelchair
    Disabled workplace grant increase

    From April 2018, people will be able to claim up to £57,200 annually to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace - approximately £15,000 more than the current cap of £42,100.

  • Pension Reform - Couple sitting overlooking beach and sea
    White paper on defined benefit pensions

    The Department for Work and Pensions has published a white paper on defined benefit (DB) pension schemes setting out the government's intentions to give The Pensions Regulator (TPR) stronger powers to take action against company directors who commit reckless action in relation to a pension scheme, strengthening scheme funding standards and considering how scheme consolidation can be strengthened.

  • Digital Payments - NFC payment reader and smartphone
    Cash and digital payments in the new economy

    To better understand the role of cash and digital payments in the new economy, the government has launched a call for evidence. We want to make sure that our economy is fit for the future and keeps pace with changes in the ways that people pay for goods and services.

  • Child Poverty - Close-up of ragged shoes
    What's child poverty like?

    CPAG has been working with students at the London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London, on a project to create animations which convey the experience of child poverty. Using testimony from children living in poverty, the students interpreted various aspects of poverty and produced ten short animated films.

  • Lady Justice - Statue on the dome of the Royal Courts of Justice, London
    Priced out of Justice?

    Poverty-hit families are being denied vital help to fight eviction, tackle severe housing disrepair and address other life-changing legal issues, the Law Society of England and Wales has revealed.

  • Empty purse - Youung woman crying while holding an empty purse
    Poverty and low pay challenges ahead

    The problem of low pay is increasingly dominating the domestic policy agenda. To mark the end of a programme of research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Institute for Fiscal Studies set out the latest evidence on poverty in the UK and in particular the challenges posed by the rise of in-work poverty.

  • Taxation - Closeup of desk items including a calculator with Tax+ and Tax- buttons
    Charity Tax Commission call for evidence

    This call for evidence seeks views and evidence from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience of the system of charitable tax reliefs in the UK.

  • Gift Aid - Small pastel coloured gift boxes representing gift aid donations
    Charities miss out on third of Gift Aid

    Charities are missing out because people are not enabling them to claim Gift Aid on donations, according to HMRC, and the Governments has launched a campaign encouraging the public to tick the Gift Aid box.

  • The case for a household debt jubilee - Graphics from the front cover of the guide
    The case for a household debt jubilee

    The Centre for Responsible Credit and Jubilee Debt Campaign have called on the Government, the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority to instigate a Household Debt Jubilee in order to release low income households from billions of 'unjust' consumer credit debt.

  •  Impact Management Programme - Graphics from the home page of the website
    Impact Management Programme

    The Impact Management Programme website is full of practical information for charities and social enterprises that are new to impact management. The programme aims to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact.

  • Pension - Folder in filing cabinet titled 'Pension'
    Rules for charities in multi-employer pension schemes

    Government has agreed changes to pension regulations which are due to come into force on 6th April. The regulations will create deferred debt arrangements that will allow charities to plan how to pay off their debts when leaving a multi-employer pension scheme and stop accruing further liabilities.

  • Civil Society Strategy announced - Image of a desk plaque reading 'Civil Society'
    Consultation on civil society strategy

    Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.

  • GDPR Calendar 25 May 2018 - GDPR Calendar image 25 May 2018 1000x400 pixels
    GDPR and charitable fundraising guidance

    The fundraising regulator has worked with the Institute of Fundraising to produce six briefings on GDPR. These "bite size" guides are designed to be as accessible and as relevant as possible for fundraisers.

  • Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide - Graphics from the front cover of the guide
    Guide to help charities avoid cybercrime

    This new report from the NCSC outlines the cyber threat that charities of all sizes now face. We encourage all charities, especially smaller ones, to make use of the NCSC’s guidance on reducing the impact of cyber attacks.

  • Households Below Average Income figures for 2016/7 - Front Page summary charts from the report
    Child Poverty up according to government

    The Households Below Average Income figures for 2016/7 released by the Government show that children living in the most vulnerable households are facing the highest rises in poverty.

  • Information Commissioner's Office - ICO Logo
    Funding the data protection work of the ICO

    The Government has announced a new charging structure for data controllers to ensure the continued funding of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

  • Audit Checklist - closeup of audit checklist with 'audit satisfactory' ticked
    Under-reporting matters of material concern

    Fewer than one in four auditors alerted the charity regulator to matters of material significance identified in their charity audit reports, according to a new review.

  • Fundraising Code Rulebooks for Face-to-Face Fundraising - A young man working for a street fundraiser in conversation with a female passer-by
    Code of Fundraising Practice updated

    The Fundraising Regulator has made changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice to take account of new data protection laws.

  • Fundraising Regulator Public Register - Graphics from the site
    Fundraising Regulator updates Public Register

    The Fundraising Regulator has relaunched its Public Register following several updates designed to improve transparency.

  • Baroness Stowell - portrait taken in the House Of Lords
    MPs reject Charity Commission Chair

    The government will press ahead with the appointment of the Conservative peer Baroness Stowell as chair of the Charity Commission even though a committee of MPs said she should not be given the role.

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    Holiday house swap website for disabled

    An international holiday house exchange where disabled people swap houses with other disabled people who have the same accessibility needs has expanded the site to include families with disabled children, so that families with the same access needs can also take advantage of this great idea.

  • Pension - Folder in filing cabinet titled 'Pension'
    Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018 to 2019

    The annual up-rating of benefits will take place for state pensions and most other benefits in the first full week of the tax year. In 2018, this will be the week beginning 9th April. A corresponding provision will be made in Northern Ireland.

  • Disability assessment - Nurse checks wheelchair user's leg
    MPs critical of disability benefits assessments

    A report from the Work and Pensions Committee has found the contracting out of the assessments by the Government has failed to make the system fairer or more effective.

  • Smart meter - Consumer display unit on kitchen counter top
    Monitoring the smart meter roll-out

    53 million smart meters are set to be installed in homes and small businesses by 2020, as part of the government-led smart meter roll-out. To support the roll-out, Citizens Advice are monitoring the consumer experience of smart metering.

  • Safeguarding - Conceptual image with person holding people in their hands
    Safeguarding is key governance priority

    With safeguarding in the news following unwelcome revelations about the behaviour of staff at Oxfam, ACO wishes to remind members of the importance of this topic. Here is a quick round-up of recent guidance from the Charity commission.

  • HMRC - Stone engraved wall plaque outside HMRC headquarters
    HMRC guidance on grants and contracts for VAT purposes

    HM Revenue & Customs has published updated guidance on the VAT treatment of grants and contracts to clarify which services are eligible for VAT. As part of the guidance, HMRC published a list of things that would indicate a service is eligible for VAT.

  • Jo Cox Loneliness - Graphics from the website
    Tracey Crouch appointed ministerial lead for loneliness

    Charities Minister Tracey Crouch has been appointed ministerial lead for loneliness as part of a government-wide initiative to tackle social isolation.

  • Trustees - A boardroom table with meeting notes
    New restrictions on who can run a charity

    From 1st August 2018, changes to the automatic disqualification rules mean that there will be more restrictions on who can run a charity. For most charities, taking some simple steps to update recruitment and appointment systems is all that will be needed to prepare for the rule changes.

  • Fingerprints - Close-up of a hand with inked fingers, on top of a fingerprint record sheet
    New DBS basic check service goes live

    From January 2018 if you need a basic check for a job in England and Wales, you should apply to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). If you need a basic check for a job in Scotland, then you should apply to Disclosure Scotland. If you are an organisation applying for a basic check on behalf of an employee or someone else, you can use a ‘Responsible Organisation’ a third party registered with DBS.

  • Northamptonshire County Council offices - interior shot
    Councils must meet all assessed care needs

    People who need care should not be asked to choose which of their needs, identified through an assessment, their council should meet, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said.

  • Esther McVey - Consrvative MP, minister at DWP
    Ministers have backed down in a legal row over paying higher disability benefits

    Ministers have backed down in a legal row over paying higher disability benefits by saying they will not contest a High Court decision over payments to people with mental health conditions.

  • Wheelchair - Empty wheelchair placed on a deserted countryside road
    New style Employment and Support Allowance

    The Department of Work and Pensions has updated its guidance relating to its new-style ESA.

  • Domestic violence - Angry woman strikes recoiling man
    DWP help for domestic violence and abuse victims

    Domestic violence and abuse is still a huge problem in our society, with far-reaching and devastating impacts. The UK government has just published guidance and resources for anyone affected by this.

  • NHS - NHS sign on building
    Funding system failing people with continuing healthcare needs

    A report from the Public Accounts Committee says Government must take steps to improve complex processes beset with delays and poor-quality assessments.

  • Charity Commission - Plaque outside offices in Drummond Gate, London
    Annual return for 2018

    The Charity Commission has made a number of amendments to the content of the annual return for 2018, after an extensive consultation with charities throughout the autumn.

  • Do you trade in financial instruments? - Computer screen showing trading values
    Do you trade in financial instruments?

    If your charity or trust trades in financial instruments, new rules were introduced on 3rd January 2018 that require you to get a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).

  • 24/7 live cyber reporting - Action Fraud Phone 0300 123 2040
    24/7 live cyber reporting

    A new helpline from Action Fraud was launched in December 2017. If you are a business, charity or other organisation which is currently suffering a live cyber-attack (in progress), please call 0300 123 2040 immediately. Specialist advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Working together to defeat fraud - Tips from the Fraud Advisory Panel to charities
    Protect your charity from fraud - Updated

    Information from the Charity Commission about fraud, how to spot it and what you can do to protect against it.

  • Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities updated - Clay model figures with woman surrounding them with her hands
    Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities updated

    The Charity Commission’s new safeguarding strategy says that safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

  • Charity Tax Commission terms of reference - Sir Nicholas Montagu, who will develop recommendations to Government
    Charity Tax Commission terms of reference

    Sir Nicholas Montagu, a former chairman of Inland Revenue, is chairing a new NCVO led Charity Tax Commission which will develop recommendations to Government. The Terms of Reference have now been published.

  • Gender pay gap reporting - Graphics from the HMG website for gender pay gap
    Gender pay gap reporting

    If you are an employer with 250 employees or more, new legislation means you will need to publish your annual gender pay data. HMG have created a website that outlines why and what is required.

  • Reporting relevant matters of interest - Computer screens with financial charts, office workers in background
    Reporting relevant matters of interest

    This publication is issued by the UK charity regulators and provides examples of where auditors and independent examiners can usefully use their discretion to report relevant matters of interest to the regulators.

  • Budget 2017 - UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, preparing to deliver the 2017 Budget
    Budget 2017

    A summary of the important changes in the budget affecting the benevolent charity sector, including Universal Credit, National Living Wage, income Tax, Disabled Facilities Grants and charity regulation.

  • Freshly Squeezed: Autumn Budget 2017 response - Graphics from the RF report cover
    Autumn Budget response from Resolution Foundation

    Britain is on course for the longest period of falling living standards since records began in the 1950s, with the current crunch forecast to last longer than the post-crisis income squeeze. RF's overnight post-Budget report highlights the unprecedented scale of the economic downgrade handed down to the Chancellor by the OBR, and how this impacts on the public and families' finances.

  • Government propose reform to care and support - Cabinet Office Whitehall
    Government propose reform to care and support

    The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, has announced that the government will publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018. The paper will set out plans for how government proposes to improve care and support for older people and tackle the challenge of an ageing population.

  • Annual Fraud Indicator 2017 - Front cover from the report
    Annual Fraud Indicator 2017

    The Annual Fraud Indicator 2017 published by the UK Fraud Costs Measurement Committee based on research by the accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, the credit rating agency Experian and the University of Portsmouth's Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, says that a large increase in procurement fraud to almost £1.2bn was a major reason for this rise.

  • Image-based cheque clearing - Closeup of cheque book and pens
    Image-based cheque clearing

    The 30th of October 2017 marked the start of the phased roll-out of a new, image-based cheque clearing system that will speed up cheque processing significantly for customers across the UK.

  • Money laundering and terrorist financing - UK bank notes pegged to a washing line
    National risk assessment 2017

    The NRA 2017 assesses the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing in the Not For Profit (NPO) sector in its entirety to be low, whilst recognising that certain parts of the sector - particularly charities working internationally in certain countries - face significantly higher risks.

  • Taxation - Closeup of desk items including a calculator with Tax+ and Tax- buttons
    Charity tax commission launched

    The voluntary sector has evolved significantly since the government's last tax review twenty years ago. A new commission has now been appointed to appraise charitable reliefs and make recommendations to produce public benefit in the most effective way.

  • Civil Society Strategy announced - Image of a desk plaque reading 'Civil Society'
    Civil Society Strategy announced

    Tracey Crouch, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Minister for Civil Society, has published a Written Ministerial Statement confirming the Government's intention to develop a Civil Society Strategy.

  • Uncapped potential - Graphics from the IPPR report cover
    IPPR: Uncapped potential

    According to the IPPR think-tank, the UK needs a pay rise. Real median (average) household incomes are today only five per cent higher than they were in 2007 and the country is in the worst period of pay growth in 150 years, exposing serious weaknesses in the UK's economic model.

  • No money - Man holds open empty wallet
    Debtor 'Breathing Space' opinion sought

    The government is seeking views as it develops a way to provide individuals in debt with up to six weeks free from further interest, charges and enforcement action.

  • BrightHouse to pay back over £14.8 million - A high street store run by Brighthouse
    BrightHouse to pay back over £14.8 million

    Following engagement with the FCA, BrightHouse has committed to pay over £14.8 million (in the form of cash payments and balance adjustments) to 249,000 customers in respect of 384,000 agreements for lending which may not have been affordable and payments which should have been refunded.

  • General Election vote examined: income, poverty and Brexit - People walking along a high street in Britain
    General Election vote examined

    A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation concludes that the Conservatives appealed to many lower income voters' support for Brexit and immigration control. Labour instead appealed to these voters' economic concerns over living standards, redistribution, inequality and austerity.

  • £15m for training in mental health first aid - Graphics showing MHFA England logo and a first aid box
    £15m for training in mental health first aid

    A new £15 million programme will see up to 1 million people trained in basic mental health “first aid” skills. The programme will improve personal resilience and help people recognise and respond effectively to signs of mental illness in others.

  • Internet Safety Strategy consultation opens - Close-up of mobile phone home screen with social media icons
    Internet Safety Strategy consultation opens

    The Internet Safety Strategy looks at how to ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online. The Strategy considers the responsibilities of companies to their users, the use of technical solutions to prevent online harms and government's role in supporting users.

  • DoH £15m grant for mental healthcare - Image of young woman holding a piece of paper with the written words 'Help Me'
    DoH Beyond Places of Safety scheme

    The Department of Health has launched a £15 million fund to better support people at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.

  • CQC warning over future care quality - Graphics from the front cover of the Care Quality Commission's report
    CQC warning over future care quality

    The CARE Quality Commission warns that the health and social care system is at full stretch and struggling to meet the more complex needs of today's population, meaning that maintaining quality in the future is uncertain.

  • Fundraising Regulator launches consultation - Close-up of fundraising collection tins
    Fundraising Regulator launches consultation

    The Fundraising Regulator has launched a Code Consultation on Data Protection. The consultation will enable charities, fundraisers and members of the public to provide feedback on proposed changes to the code regarding data protection.

  • ICO fee and registration changes in 2018 - Close-up of a fictional key on a computer keyboard entitled 'GDPR 25 May 2018'
    ICO fee and registration changes in 2018

    As we count down to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect next May, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has clarified how the fees that data controllers have to pay to the ICO are changing.

  • Buy As You View enters administration - Screenshot of the company's website still trading
    Buy As You View enters administration

    Dunraven Finance Ltd, trading under the name Buy as You View (BAYV), has been placed in administration. BAYV is a rent-to-own provider selling household goods, such as electronics and furniture on hire purchase to customers.

  • Donations through Facebook - Sample page from the FaceBook site showing the Donate button
    Donations through Facebook

    Facebook has announced that it will be launching charity fundraising tools in 16 European countries, including the UK, that will allow people to donate directly on social media pages through donate buttons inserted into page headers or posts, such as videos, photos or text.

  • Fundraising Preference Service Scam - Concept image of a fishing hook attached to credit card
    Fundraising Preference Service Scam

    FPS has been made aware of an email scam being sent to charities, asking to receive payment from the Fundraising Preference Service or implying that an invoice is due. They would like to clarify that they do not send out invoices for the Fundraising Preference Service, as the cost of this service is covered by the fundraising levy.

  • Consultation on GDPR guidance on contracts and liabilities between controllers and processors - Close-up of a fictional key on a computer keyboard entitled 'Data Security'
    Consultation on GDPR guidance

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) builds on existing requirements for security measures to have a written contract in place with the aim of setting high standards and protecting the interests of data subjects.

  • Older people and employment inquiry - Older woman, smiling and relaxed, with colleagues at work in an office
    Older people and employment inquiry

    The Women and Equalities Committee has re-opened its inquiry into older people and employment, looking at current Government policies to help people extend their working lives, and considering further steps which could be taken to tackle issues including age discrimination.

  • Jobcentre - Woman blurred while walking past a Job Centre
    Universal Credit rollout inquiry

    The scope of the inquiry into Universal Credit covers DWP’s preparedness for the scheduled acceleration of the rollout of full service Universal Credit from October 2017, including waits for payments, advance payments, impact on and communication with local authorities and landlords, Alternative Payment Arrangements, the effects of planned Jobcentre closures and the proposed flexible arrangements in Scotland.

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    Commission opens consultation on ‘more dynamic’ annual return

    The Charity Commission has announced a consultation for next year’s annual return. Find out what is proposed and shape the direction of this policy.

  • How to report a serious incident in your charity - Photo of someone making a phone call to the Charity Commission
    How to report a serious incident in your charity

    his guidance helps trustees identify serious incidents and ensure that they are reported to the Charity Commission. It also explains how to report them.

  • Private pension cold calling is to be banned - Pensioner holding a phone while looking worried
    Private pension cold calling is to be banned

    The government has confirmed new measures to protect private pension savers from the threat of unscrupulous pension scammers.

  • The living standards Audit 2017 - Graphics from the front cover of the Resolution Foundation's report
    The living standards Audit 2017

    The years since the financial crisis have been far from an easy ride for family living standards. After a brief two-year ‘mini-boom’ between 2013 and 2015, the signs are pointing towards a living standards recovery that is beginning to falter.

  • Gift Aid - Small pastel coloured gift boxes representing gift aid donations
    Gift Aid donor intermediaries

    HMRC has updated guidance on how the Gift Aid declaration ‘authorisation’ process works. HM Revenue and Customs has developed this new process with charities, intermediaries and their representatives.

  • Women more likely to donate to charity and to support local causes - Graphics from the front cover of the Institute of Fundraising's report
    Women more likely to donate to charity and to support local causes

    According to research published by the Institute of Fundraising and YouGov women said that they were more likely to donate to charity, take new positive social actions as a result of donating, support local causes and donate if they found a cause they believe in.

  • Benefit cap bites - Group of mothers gather with their young children in prams
    Benefit cap bites

    More children are being hit by the Government’s benefit cap policy despite a High Court ruling against it, the latest official figures show. Department for Work and Pensions figures show that 3,000 more single-parent families with children under two have been hit by the policy while the Government appeals the decision.

  • The Cost of a Child 2017 - Graphics from the front cover of CPAG's report
    The Cost of a Child 2017

    Parents working full time on the national living wage are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.

  • Men from poor backgrounds are twice as likely to be single as those from rich families - Close up of man with jeans pockets turned inside out and a helpless hand gesture
    Poor men twice as likely to be single as wealthy

    In 2012, more than one-in-three men from disadvantaged backgrounds lived alone in their early 40s. This compared with only one-in-seven men from rich backgrounds living without a partner.

  • Call for Evidence for Citizenship and Civic Engagement - Visitors mill around a street stall selling patriotic merchandise in Westminster
    Call for Evidence for Citizenship and Civic Engagement

    The House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement invites contributions to its new inquiry which will investigate the legal rights and responsibilities for citizens of the UK, the barriers to citizenship and what can be done to support and encourage civic engagement.

  • World Mental Health Day 2017 - Graphic highlighting absenteeism at work due to mental heath issues
    World Mental Health Day

    The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year. The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”.

  • Government to strengthen UK data protection law - Image from computer screen with the words 'Data Protection Bill'
    Government to strengthen UK data protection law

    The Government has committed to updating and strengthening data protection laws through a new Data Protection Bill. The Bill will bring the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law.

  • £50,000 Inventor Prize opens for entries - Graphics accompanying NESTA's launch of the Inventors Prize
    £50,000 Inventor Prize opens for entries

    Working in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Nesta are launching the Inventor Prize, to inspire and harness the potential of the UK’s home-grown inventors and stimulate user-led innovation.

  • Employment and Support Allowance trials - Young woman trained to use a pillar drill
    Employment and Support Allowance trials

    The Department of Work and Pensions present findings from research into three labour market trials that aimed to assist Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants’ progress towards the labour market.

  • Civil Society Futures - Report cover image from Civil Society Futures
    Civil Society Futures

    Civil Society Futures is a national conversation about how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. Civil Society have published a report into their findings.

  • The Commission on the Donor Experience - Report cover Graphics from The Commission on the Donor Experience
    The Commission on the Donor Experience

    Sparked by the fundraising scandals of 2015, the Commission on the Donor Experience has published its findings and recommendations with a blueprint for transforming fundraising.

  • Citizens Advice calls for Universal Credit rollout to be paused - Front cover graphics from the report 'Delivering Universal Credit' from Citizens Advice
    Citizens Advice calls for UC rollout to be paused

    Citizens Advice have published the findings of a survey of Universal Credit applicants, revealing significant problems and making recommendations to change how the service is rolled out in order to prevent further hardship to claimants.

  • Queen’s support is 'gold standard' of charitable patronage - The Queen and Prince Philip parade in the Mall during the Queen's Lunch, celebration of their involvement in over 900 charities over her reign
    Queen’s support is 'gold standard' of charitable patronage

    Having the Queen as patron is the "gold standard" for charitable patronage, but charities that share the accolade should collaborate more, according to a new report.

  • Consultation on changes to legacy law - Closeup of a will with pen and glasses
    Consultation on changes to legacy law

    The Law Commission has launched a consultation on proposed changes to legacy law, which it says is outdated and often does not allow courts to implement people’s wishes, even if they are clear, because they have not followed legal procedure entirely correctly.

  • Learn, Work, Care - Four people sitting together discussing work
    Learn, Work, Care

    To help improve the support for young adult carers and create more carer-friendly communities in education and employment, the Learning and Work Institute has launched a new website: ‘Learn, Work, Care’ bringing together resources for young adult carers and the staff who support them.

  • Housing - Man walks trough a high-rise housing complex in the UK
    Apply to the Life Chances Fund

    The Life Chances Fund aims to help those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. The £80m has been made with ‘payments by results’ contracts which involve socially minded investors.

  • Working together to defeat fraud - Tips from the Fraud Advisory Panel to charities
    Working together to defeat fraud

    The Fraud Advisory Panel is the UK’s leading anti-fraud charity. It brings together fraud professionals to improve fraud resilience across the UK and around the world.

  • British Social Attitudes - Woman on park bench reading opinion pages in newspaper, together with the NatGen logo and report title British Social Attitudes 34
    British Social Attitudes

    NatCen's latest British Social Attitudes survey seeks to identify British social attitudes by looking at the effect of austerity in five important areas: class, benefits, work, the NHS and politics.

  • Britain’s emerging consumer debt crisis - Graph showing consumer debt increase since 2000
    Britain’s emerging consumer debt crisis

    The Centre for Responsible Credit distills the latest data from the UK Economic Accounts and from the the NMG survey to provide information about the level and distribution of the household consumer credit debt burden.

  • Improved street fundraising standard - Street canvasser in conversation with a woman
    Improved street fundraising standard

    New figures from the Institute of Fundraising’s Site Management Agreements and mystery shopper programme show that the number of breaches of the street fundraising rules have fallen again this last year.

  • Household debt - Photo of wallet held in a G-Cramp tool
    Household debt will reach record high in first year of new government

    The TUC has published a new analysis of household debt, which finds that unsecured debt per household will reach a record high of £13,900 this year.

  • Volunteers' Week - Logo of the organisation, showing the dates 1st to 7th June 2107
    Volunteers' Week

    Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1st-7th June every year.

  • Work Choice - Wheelchair user on pavement surrounded by other city workers
    Work Choice

    Work Choice helps people with disabilities whose needs cannot be met through other work programmes, Access to Work or workplace adjustments. This might be because they need more specialised support to find employment or keep a job once they have started work.

  • Elderly care costs to surge in next decade - Photo of woman lying in bed being attended to by a nurse
    Elderly care costs to surge in next decade

    The proportion of older people with care needs is set to rise by 25% within a decade in England and Wales. The finding comes from a study funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in The Lancet Public Health journal.

  • Cascading Leadership - Graphic with keywords for leadership and what it means
    Cascading Leadership

    The Cascading Leadership pilot was launched in March 2016, in partnership with GSK and Comic Relief, to enable high-performing leaders of voluntary and community organisations to share their learning with the wider sector.

  • Good Finance - Two infographics explaining what social investement in the UK represents - supporting sopcial ventures, encouraging investors and making it easier to connect with them
    Good Finance

    Good Finance is a collaborative project to help improve access to information on social investment for charities and social enterprises.

  • Small Charity Week - Photo of a previous FSI Community for small charities event during Small charity week
    Small Charity Week

    Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector that make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.

  • HMRC - Stone engraved wall plaque outside HMRC headquarters
    Compliance checks: visits by agreement or advance notice

    As part of a compliance check, HMRC may ask to visit your business premises. This is so that they can look at your records or business assets and find out more about how your business operates.

  • Helen Stephenson CBE - Helen Stephenson CBE, New chief executive at the Charity Commission
    New chief executive at the Charity Commission

    Helen Stephenson CBE has been appointed as the next chief executive of the Charity Commission.