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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.


  • 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 - Closeup of jobcentre branding
    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).