UK government to bring in more protections for charities

June 05, 2014 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, Ethics and Canadian Charities, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams

In The Queen's Speech 2014 it notes the introduction of a bill to protect charities.

Here is a quote from The Queen's Speech 2014:

Draft Protection of Charities Bill 
 The purpose of the draft Bill is to: 

  • Create a fairer society by better protecting charities in England and Wales from abuse and equipping the Charity Commission to tackle abuse more effectively and efficiently. 

We have consulted on a number of changes to charities, trustees, the Charity Commission and the Charity Tribunal. 

These main benefits of these proposals would be: 

  • Protecting charities from abuse by people who present a known risk. 
  • Making it easier for the Charity Commission to take robust action against individuals and charities in cases of abuse.  
  • Supporting public trust and confidence in the effective regulation of charities. 

 We are currently analysing responses to the consultation and once we have carefully considered the merits of proposals we will legislate as soon as parliamentary time allows.

For more information see the last couple pages of this PDF  

Here is an article on the subject entitled "Sector leaders cautiously welcome Protection of Charities Bill"

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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.
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