It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
As you will remember charities promoting sport and physical activity must comply with the Code to be eligible for Sport England funding. We covered this in our e-briefing late last year.
After narrowly failing to pass a special resolution to amend their articles of association to comply with the Code, TTE is unable to draw down the next tranche of the £9 million the charity was due to receive from Sport England between 2017 and 2021. The resolution received support from 74.93% of those voting – falling just 0.07% short of the required threshold. So presumably the charity trustees will be searching to agree on a way forward.
The AGM agenda can be seen here. The explanatory text preceding each Special Resolution gives a sense of the background to the situation. It appears that some members of Table Tennis England feel that the changes proposed by the directors of TTE to comply with the Code would remove ‘control of the sport in this country from the members for the first time in since our formation in 1926’.
This scenario was anticipated in the article referred to above, which observes:
‘The current code requires a proportion of board members to be ‘independent’. That requirement will need to be considered carefully by the many membership charities that are seeking Sport England funding on the basis that they can deliver physical activity and ‘help create a much healthier and more active nation’ as the Government’s strategy for sport Sporting Future envisages. Many membership charities see it as a key part of their identity that trustees are drawn from their membership and some would find it difficult to introduce a requirement to recruit from non-members in the interest of independence. Such organisations will need to be able to justify the approach they adopt and demonstrate how they ensure that trustees are able to avoid group think.’
It will be interesting to see how successful the efforts of the directors to negotiate a compromise prove to be. We hope in the interests of grassroots members – and those who could yet enjoy the benefits of taking up table tennis – that a solution can be brokered soon.
In any event, this is a demonstration of the importance of compliance with the Code. It also highlights the importance to National Governing Bodies and other membership bodies in this sector of identifying a clear strategy for implementing constitutional change, formulating proposals for change with care, and communicating those proposals effectively to their members.
Table Tennis England has issued a statement and Sport England is due to do the same shortly.
Many in the sector will be watching with interest.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
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