A group of Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) experts from across our various client sectors have gazed into their crystal ball and given us a view on how 2021 is looking.
You can read it here.
If you read nothing else, it is worth taking a look at section 3 - The role of trustees: governance. Or for the digested read: ‘Last summer's controversies were evidence of a failure of governance by trustees ... [who] were either negligent or wilfully blind’ #pacac (see para. 34)
The report goes on to recommend that charity trustees:
- accept the need to maintain public trust in charity fundraising and ‘demonstrate this acceptance in changed attitudes and behaviour’,
- take positive, effective action to ensure they can have confidence in the methods and ethics of fundraising conducted on their behalf, and
- ensure their boards have the balance of skills necessary to adequately supervise fundraising;
- and that: ‘The new [fundraising] regulator, and where necessary, the Charity Commission, should validate and recommend suitable training courses for trustees.’
So what next?
It is possible to question some of the MP's conclusions and it is worth reading the array of blog posts that do just that. See for example, Karl Wilding's excellent post here.
However, many trustees will look for training of the sort the use of data to help them satisfy themselves that they are equipped to fulfil their governance role, asking well-informed questions of fundraisers and other staff and helping to formulate strategies to ensure that fundraising is run in a way that reflects the values of their organisation.
The fundamental concern underlying most of the 2015 fundraising controversy was whether the charities concerned were using personal data in a way that was legal, ethical and consistent with their stated values.
For more information
Charity trustees grappling with the use of data should contact our data protection expert Jane Burns.
For all other enquiries contact Shivaji Shiva.
Luton Borough Council was prosecuted by the HSE late last year following an incident at a high school in which an assistant headteacher was attacked by a pupil and left with life-changing injuries.
This ebriefing looks at the proposal to set out 'public procurement principles' in the proposed procurement legislation.
Happy New Year - our first newsletter of 2021! Throughout this year we will continue to bring you news and developments relating to the charities sector.
Local authorities should be wary of reserving contracts for local suppliers, as recommended by Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 11/20. Other contracting authorities may want to maximise their use of this
Most housing practitioners have perhaps been waiting for this news since the latest lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister on 4 January 2021.
Climate change and biodiversity is an area where significantly faster changes are needed on a global and local basis.
Chris Lloyd Smith, Adrian Leonard and Lisa Whitehouse discuss the planning opportunities available to owners of businesses and how to prepare for unforeseen events.
In their 3rd podcast of the series, Chris Lloyd-Smith and Maria Ramon discuss a number of problems with and difficulties that can arise in mediation and the mechanisms they use to overcome them.
Our previous round-up began by sharing the news that two vaccines had shown very promising test results. Here we are, not even a month later, and the first vaccines have already been administered!
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.