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Charity highlights from the Labour Party Conference 2016

30 Sep 2016

Alice Sharman and Kirsty Weakley went to Liverpool earlier this week for the Labour Party Conference. Here’s a summary of what happened.

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Charity highlights from the Labour Party Conference 2016

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Hodgson backs charges for filing accounts and fines for late filers

The Charity Commission should be allowed to fine charities that don’t submit their accounts on time, and charge fees for filing annual returns, Lord Hodgson has stated in his Charities Act review.


Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts

Charities with annual income of more than £1m should be able to pay their trustees without seeking permission from the Charity Commission, Lord Hodgson has recommended in his official review of the Charities Act 2006.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder, Kids Company

Kids Company, which supports 17,000 young people in London every year, has launched an urgent appeal for funding to expand, in the face of research which shows that up to one million children could be living in vulnerable families in the UK by 2015.

Leadership and followship

Not everyone can be a leader, but followership tends to attract much less attention. John Watkins evens the balance.

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

Dr Liam Fox MP

Stephen Newton, the blogger whose complaint to the Charity Commission led to the closure of Atlantic Bridge, the charity founded by Dr Liam Fox MP, has described the Commission’s decision not to recover funds from the trustees as a political one.

Rosamund McCarthy, partner, Bates Wells and Braithwaite

Several respondents to the live blog attached to the Charity Commission’s new draft public benefit guidance have condemned it for being too confusing and tricky to navigate.

Trustee Leadership Survey 2012

Managing risk; building an inclusive board; and developing strategy – being a chair on a Charity 100 Index board is a challenging role. Vibeka Mair analyses the major trends from the 2012 Trustee Leadership Survey.

Canal and River Trust takes over from British Waterways

The transfer of responsibility for England and Wales' waterways from British Waterways to the Canal and River Trust is official with the former now ceasing to exist.

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