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Last updated July 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


  • 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.

  • Apply to the Life Chances Fund - 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.