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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.


  • Gargoyle - A stone gargoyle on a bridge in Cambridge
    Elitist Britain

    The Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission have analysed the educational background of 5,000 people in top jobs and found that top professions in the UK are still dominated by people who have gone through private schools and Oxford and Cambridge universities.

  • Unaffordable housing - Image of Carl Godfrey's 'Unaffordable Housing', selected for Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition
    Unaffordable housing

    The Affordable Housing Commission says its new way of measuring the cost of housing shows one in five households in England are currently in 'unaffordable' accommodation.

  • Managing Risk - Closeup of man's feet surrounded with mouse traps
    Risk within the charity sector

    Reputational risk poses the biggest threat to charities over the next five years, while funding remains the biggest concern to charity leaders in the short-term, a new report has revealed.

  • Redundancy - Unhappy woman leaves office with desk contents
    Local government jobs slashed

    Data from Unison has revealed around a quarter of local government jobs have been cut over the last decade as a result of austerity.

  • Homeless - Man rough sleeping outside prestigious London department store
    LGiU calls for strategy to tackle homelessness

    A comprehensive national strategy backed by proper funding and infrastructure is required to tackle the growing crisis of homelessness, according to a report from the Local Government Information Unit.

  • London City Hall - The seat of London local government
    Charities urge increase in local authority funding

    A group of London charities wrote to Philip Hammond saying cuts to the public sector had a knock-on effect on charities.

  • UK Civil Society Almanac 2019 - Graphics for the report
    Charities’ public income down

    The UK Civil Society Almanac 2019 from NCVO shows charities’ income from the public is down for the first time since 2009.

  • Small Charity Week 2019 - Graphics from the website
    Big Support Small campaign

    The new campaign has been launched by the Small Charities Coalition (SCC) as a part of Small Charity Week, which began 17 June, calling on larger charities to support smaller ones.

  • Child Poverty - Young girl looks out of dirty windows
    In-work poverty increases

    A new report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2019, has revealed a fifth of working households are trapped in relative poverty.

  • Brexit - Jigsaw puzzle of EU flags and stars with one star removed, revealing the union jack
    Plan for a non-deal Brexit

    Charities have been urged to plan for the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, after Theresa May announced her resignation.

  • Oxfam in Haiti - Wall mural incorporating the Oxfam logo
    Charity Commission’s Oxfam Inquiry

    “No charity is more important than the people it serves or the mission it pursues”, reports the Charity Commission in its damning verdict of its inquiry into Oxfam GB.

  • Digital anxiety - Man with head on hands in front of laptop and scrunched up paper
    Charities are struggling with digital

    The Charity Digital Skills Report 2019 from Zoe Amar Digital and Skills Platform shows the sector has gone backwards in some areas over the past year, and the sector is struggling to make progress on digital.

  • Ethnic community fundraisers - Young man and woman talking in a conference setting
    Representation in Fundraising

    According to a report by the Institute of Fundraising (IoF), Who Isn’t in the Room, fundraising significantly under-represents disabled and BAME communities.

  • Fees - Scrabble pieces on selection rack spelling out the word 'FEES'
    Tenant Fees Act comes into place

    The Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June 2019, restricting the payments landlords or letting agents require from tenants in the private rented sector.

  • TV Licensing - Close-up of official correspondence
    Blanket free TV licences for over-75s scrapped

    The BBC announced an end to free TV licences for many over-75s, meaning up to 3.7 million older people will have to pay for their licence.