On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
Efforts to save the charity included making a number of its employees redundant. The charity has now been rescued by another charity, CGL (Change, Grow, Live) meaning that the jobs of Lifeline Project’s remaining 1,300 employees have been saved, and the services they provide will continue.
Lifeline Project follows similar examples of sizeable charities collapsing including the Kids Company in 2015 and 4Children in 2016.
This most recent example further highlights the need for good governance in charities and the very real and direct impact that insufficient internal safeguards can have on employees and service users. Good governance is vital, not just to avoid collapse, but to ensure effective and efficient use of charitable funds. As charities grow this becomes increasingly important and, because a growing charity means growing demands on trustees’ time, it is vital that governance is correctly established at the outset.
If you require assistance in relation to a governance review of your charity or similar services, please contact a member of our charities team on 0121 200 3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Article by Rebecca Ward, Solicitor and Martin Brown, Trainee Solicitor.
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
The Court of Appeal judgement in Booth and another v R  EWCA Crim 575 will be welcome news for local authority prosecutors and their investigation teams.
The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 came into force on 4 April.
The purpose of this 30-minute free webinar is to address how employers navigate homeworking; supporting employees whilst also ensuring that their organisation stays financially viable.
As we make our first tentative steps out of strict lockdown, many of us have been thinking about what the future will look like for charities, both in the short and long term.
The UK Government has, in the last few weeks, introduced a multi-billion-pound package of measures and financial support for businesses and institutions that experience issues with their cash flow.
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