Rachel Cain, our Senior Researcher, breaks down the headlines from last week.
Changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice
Following an earlier consultation, the Fundraising Regulator has published a revised Code of Fundraising Practice. There are a number of changes, summarised here, which include a requirement for fundraisers to explain their relationship with the charity before a donor commits to a donation (solicitation statement), as well as a requirement that if fundraisers have reason to believe that the potential donor could be ‘in vulnerable circumstances’, they must not continue to ask for a donation. The changes will not come into force immediately – a timetable for implementation has been published, with the regulator taking a flexible approach to enforcement initially.
Kids Company trustees face disqualification
The ex-trustees of Kids Company have been informed by the Insolvency Service that they may be disqualified from directorship of companies for a number of years.
GDPR to be brought into British law
DCMS has confirmed that the GDPR, the new EU legislation on data protection, will be brought into British law through the Data Protection Bill, maintaining the requirements after the UK leaves the EU.
Call for evidence on citizenship and civic engagement
A new House of Lords select committee has invited voluntary organisations to submit evidence on citizenship and civic engagement. Submissions will be accepted until 8 September.
Fancy a new challenge?
The government is advertising for a new chair of the Charity Commission, to take up the post after William Shawcross leaves later this year. According to the job advert, skills required: ‘regulation’.