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Policy News

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


  • 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 - 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.