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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

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  • Private pension cold calling is to be banned - Pensioner holding a phone while looking worried
    Private pension cold calling is to be banned

    The government has confirmed new measures to protect private pension savers from the threat of unscrupulous pension scammers.

  • The living standards Audit 2017 - Graphics from the front cover of the Resolution Foundation's report
    The living standards Audit 2017

    The years since the financial crisis have been far from an easy ride for family living standards. After a brief two-year ‘mini-boom’ between 2013 and 2015, the signs are pointing towards a living standards recovery that is beginning to falter.

  • Gift Aid donor intermediaries - Small pastel coloured gift boxes representing gift aid donations
    Gift Aid donor intermediaries

    HMRC has updated guidance on how the Gift Aid declaration ‘authorisation’ process works. HM Revenue and Customs has developed this new process with charities, intermediaries and their representatives.

  • Women more likely to donate to charity and to support local causes - Graphics from the front cover of the Institute of Fundraising's report
    Women more likely to donate to charity and to support local causes

    According to research published by the Institute of Fundraising and YouGov women said that they were more likely to donate to charity, take new positive social actions as a result of donating, support local causes and donate if they found a cause they believe in.

  • Benefit cap bites - Group of mothers gather with their young children in prams
    Benefit cap bites

    More children are being hit by the Government’s benefit cap policy despite a High Court ruling against it, the latest official figures show. Department for Work and Pensions figures show that 3,000 more single-parent families with children under two have been hit by the policy while the Government appeals the decision.

  • The Cost of a Child 2017 - Graphics from the front cover of CPAG's report
    The Cost of a Child 2017

    Parents working full time on the national living wage are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.

  • Men from poor backgrounds are twice as likely to be single as those from rich families - Close up of man with jeans pockets turned inside out and a helpless hand gesture
    Poor men twice as likely to be single as wealthy

    In 2012, more than one-in-three men from disadvantaged backgrounds lived alone in their early 40s. This compared with only one-in-seven men from rich backgrounds living without a partner.

  • Call for Evidence for Citizenship and Civic Engagement - Visitors mill around a street stall selling patriotic merchandise in Westminster
    Call for Evidence for Citizenship and Civic Engagement

    The House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement invites contributions to its new inquiry which will investigate the legal rights and responsibilities for citizens of the UK, the barriers to citizenship and what can be done to support and encourage civic engagement.

  • World Mental Health Day 2017 - Graphic highlighting absenteeism at work due to mental heath issues
    World Mental Health Day

    The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year. The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”.

  • Government to strengthen UK data protection law - Image from computer screen with the words 'Data Protection Bill'
    Government to strengthen UK data protection law

    The Government has committed to updating and strengthening data protection laws through a new Data Protection Bill. The Bill will bring the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law.

  • £50,000 Inventor Prize opens for entries - Graphics accompanying NESTA's launch of the Inventors Prize
    £50,000 Inventor Prize opens for entries

    Working in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Nesta are launching the Inventor Prize, to inspire and harness the potential of the UK’s home-grown inventors and stimulate user-led innovation.

  • Employment and Support Allowance trials - Young woman trained to use a pillar drill
    Employment and Support Allowance trials

    The Department of Work and Pensions present findings from research into three labour market trials that aimed to assist Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants’ progress towards the labour market.

  • Civil Society Futures - Report cover image from Civil Society Futures
    Civil Society Futures

    Civil Society Futures is a national conversation about how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. Civil Society have published a report into their findings.

  • The Commission on the Donor Experience - Report cover Graphics from The Commission on the Donor Experience
    The Commission on the Donor Experience

    Sparked by the fundraising scandals of 2015, the Commission on the Donor Experience has published its findings and recommendations with a blueprint for transforming fundraising.

  • Citizens Advice calls for Universal Credit rollout to be paused - Front cover graphics from the report 'Delivering Universal Credit' from Citizens Advice
    Citizens Advice calls for UC rollout to be paused

    Citizens Advice have published the findings of a survey of Universal Credit applicants, revealing significant problems and making recommendations to change how the service is rolled out in order to prevent further hardship to claimants.

  • Queen’s support is 'gold standard' of charitable patronage - The Queen and Prince Philip parade in the Mall during the Queen's Lunch, celebration of their involvement in over 900 charities over her reign
    Queen’s support is 'gold standard' of charitable patronage

    Having the Queen as patron is the "gold standard" for charitable patronage, but charities that share the accolade should collaborate more, according to a new report.

  • Consultation on changes to legacy law - Closeup of a will with pen and glasses
    Consultation on changes to legacy law

    The Law Commission has launched a consultation on proposed changes to legacy law, which it says is outdated and often does not allow courts to implement people’s wishes, even if they are clear, because they have not followed legal procedure entirely correctly.

  • 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.