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


  • Housing - Man walks trough a high-rise housing complex in the UK
    Shelter launches new social housing commission

    Housing charity Shelter has launched a commission into the future of social housing to address crucial issues which have been highlighted by the Grenfell Tower Fire, as new research highlights the challenges faced by those living in social housing in getting their voices and views heard.

  • Social Care - Closeup of elderly person in therapy session
    Short history of the social care Green Paper

    The forthcoming Green Paper on social care for adults has been further delayed – it will now be published “at the first opportunity in 2019”.

  • Chess pieces - Solitary pawn facing massed ranks of opposition pieces on a chess board
    More charity takeovers than mergers

    Some 81 mergers involving 154 charities took place in the year to March 2018, according to a new report. Not surprisingly it found that mergers often took place in situations where one of the charities was in financial trouble, and that mergers were often a form of rescue from financial and strategic weakness.

  • Rich people - Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby
    26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%

    In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the development charity Oxfam said 2018 had been a year in which the rich had grown richer and the poor poorer.

  • Amber Rudd - The one and only
    DWP should be axed, says think-tank

    Most of the work of Amber Rudd’s department could be carried out more effectively by other Whitehall ministries, according to a report by Demos.

  • Draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement - Graphics showing the word brexit in a jigsaw puzzle
    The Brexit deal is bad for charities

    The withdrawal agreement leaves charities with many of the costs of Brexit, but none of the potential benefits, leaving UK charities worse off than if remaining in the EU, says Charity Finance Group.

  • Sajid Javid - The one and only
    Home Secretary announces new immigration system

    Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new route for skilled workers, strengthened border security and an end to free movement as part of a new immigration system.

  • Brexit - UK flag umbrella surrounded by EU flag umbrellas
    Data protection and Brexit

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued new guidance related to the UK’s exit from the European Union on 29th March 2019.

  • Rail Tickets - Person collecting printed tickets from a ticket machine

    National Rail have updated their Railcard schemes, providing more generous allowances in some cases, and introducing the 16-17 Railcard and the 'Millennial Card' for 26-30 year olds.

  • Blue Badge Scheme - Closeup of a UK Blue Badge
    Blue Badge application scheme online

    In the past, on average, it took 17 days to apply for and get your Blue Badge – or 28 days if you needed a medical assessment. By claiming online an application should only take 13 minutes – or up to half an hour if you need to give more information.

  • Energy Price Cap - Graphics form the Ofgem website
    Energy price cap comes into force

    A new energy price cap has now come into force. Regulator Ofgem has estimated that the new cap will save 11 million people an average of £76 a year. Typically, the cap means that typical usage by a dual fuel customer paying by direct debit will cost no more than £1,137 a year.

  • Making Tax Digital - Cover graphics from HMRC's document roadmap for Making Tax Digital
    Deferred date for MTD for some charities

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

  • MyDonate - Graphics from the organisation's site
    MyDonate fundraising platform to close

    BT has announced that it will close its online fundraising platform, MyDonate, at the end of June. The company will instead focus its community investments and building on its national educational Barefoot programme, which had now reached two million schoolchildren across the UK.

  • Babies - Babies - there's lots of them
    New approach to Universal Credit

    The government will not extend the two-child limit on Universal Credit for children born before April 2017, when the policy came into effect, benefitting around 15,000 families.

  • Benefit cap bites - Group of mothers gather with their young children in prams
    High Court Finds DWP Unlawful on UC Assessments

    In a test case victory for a group of working lone mothers in January, the High Court found that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment through its Universal Credit (UC) work assessment periods is unlawful.

  • 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.