Uncertainty following Brexit vote 'could damage charities'
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24 Jun 2016 | Kirsty Weakley

Sector representatives have today sought reassurances from government about the likely impact on UK charities of leaving the European Union.

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Kenneth Dibble, Charity Commission head of legal services

The Charity Commission’s top lawyer stood by the regulator’s decision to refuse charitable status to the Exclusive Brethren this week, and said it was not difficult for religious charities to pass the public benefit test.

Charity tax-avoidance scheme did not break any charity laws

A charity at the centre of a multi-million pound tax-avoidance scheme had been investigated by the Charity Commission, but was allowed to continue operating because it had not broken any charity laws.

Attorney General refuses to investigate RSPCA

The Attorney General has rejected calls from Conservative MPs to investigate the RSPCA's prosecutions.

Conservative MP Simon Hart

MPs will debate the role of the RSPCA as a prosecutor in Parliament next week.

They need to look outside their own organisation and look at others who are doing similar work to see if they are doing it better or more efficiently. If they are, that doesn't mean they should immediately close or seek to merge but it does mean that something needs to change.

» 'If you aren't making a difference, it's okay to call it a day', Commission chief executive says

Sir Stuart Etherington, NCVO CEO

Nearly half of charities plan to decrease expenditure in the next 12 months with many planning a decrease in workforce and/or services, according to NCVO's 20th quarterly Charity Forecast.

Charities involved in unpaid work schemes 'named and shamed' on website

Disability charity Sense is the latest organisation expected to withdraw from the government’s mandatory work activity scheme, as a campaign group plans to have a day of action against charities it believes take part in unpaid work schemes.

St Margaret's Children and Family Care Society

A Catholic adoption charity has failed the Scottish charity test after its service was deemed directly discriminatory against same-sex couples and those not of the Catholic faith by the charities regulator.

Gavin Grant, chief executive of RSPCA

The RSPCA has logged a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission against the Daily Telegraph for what it calls factually incorrect and politically motivated coverage of the charity’s successful prosecution of the Heythrop Hunt.

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