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MPs’ report a bid ‘to throw self-regulation out of the window’

ThirdSector (Web), Unattributed, 25/01/16

who chairs the PACAC, hopes to make law by means of an amendment to the charities bill, due to be debated in the House of Commons this week.    Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, said the proposal would mean that charity self-regulation had effectively been “thrown out of the window”.    Referring to a second amendment to


Sector bodies worried about making Fundraising Regulator accountable to Charity Commission

Civil Society (Web), Kirsty Weakley, 25/01/16

morning, which calls for the Charity Commission to have a greater role in overseeing the new regulator and for trustees to take responsibility for what happens at their charities.   Sir Stephen Bubb (pictured), chief exectutive of Acevo, said: “We are in danger of over-regulating charities and damaging good causes. The country’s top fundraising expert Adrian Sargeant says charities could


Only 47 per cent of people trust charity chief executives to tell the truth, poll says

Civil Society (Web), Alice Sharman, 25/01/16

hairdressers, the police, the ordinary man or woman in the street and pollsters. However, they scored above trade union officials, bankers, journalists, estate agents and government ministers and politicians generally.  Asheem Singh, director of public policy at Acevo, said: “Despite the public criticism faced by charities this year, trust in sector chief executives is holding up. We don’t take this


PACAC recommendations are statutory regulation by the back door – Acevo

Charity Times (Web), Unattributed, 25/01/16

into subjects like fundraising in the future.   However, Acevo said such powers for the commission would only add to an already “onerous and sometimes intimidatingâ€? burden on charities.   Chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb said there is a risk of over-regulating charities, resulting in loss of income and damage to good causes.   “These proposals would bind charities with regulation far greater


PACAC Charity Fundraising report

Chairman Paul Farmer on BBC Today Programme, BBC Breakfast, BBC News Channel and 10 radio regional stations. Said that Government needs to give new regulator time to bed in; that trustees need to be given support to fulfil their role; that charity leaders and boards have been giving close consideration to fundraising over past 6 months; that regulation could lead to a loss of £2 billion income.

To listen to the Today Programme, see here from 1.50:00


Charities given ‘last chance’ on fundraising

BBC News (Web), Unattributed, 25/01/16

Paul Farmer, chairman of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, which represents charity leaders, said the new regulator had the “full support” of charities and should “make sure that the poor practices of a tiny number of charities don’t happen again”.


Tom Brake’s bill to extend FOI Act to charities slated for second reading

ThirdSector (Web), Unattributed, 20/01/16

resources away from the front line”. He said proposals to extend the act were an attempt to “disguise further dilution of the act on ministers and civil servants”.    Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, said: “Charities are constantly being told that we should ensure as much of our resources go to the front line as possible. Recently, Rob


At least someone is looking out for smaller charities

ThirdSector (Web), Unattributed, 21/01/16

laments the lack of support for leadership, infrastructure and capacity in charities, but says the Association of Chairs is doing good work   Charles Kenyon   A few years ago, Sir Stephen Bubb made some excoriating remarks about retired ex-service charity volunteers like myself. However, in his interview with Third Sector in December, I think he is right on two


Bubb warns of ‘blunderbuss approach’ to FoI Act

ThirdSector (Web), Unattributed, 21/01/16

behind the proposal. The government set up an Independent Commission on Freedom of Information in July 2015 to review the legislation. It has received more than 30,000 submissions.    Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the charity chief executives body Acevo, said: “Charity leaders embrace the principles of transparency. However, many charities could find the FOI Act a difficult


Why cost ratios are not the best way to assess charities

ThirdSector (Web), Unattributed, 21/01/16

£50m spent 65p in every pound or less on charitable activities, which the foundation contended was unacceptable.    Organisations including the Charity Commission, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Acevo said there were errors in the report and it misunderstood charity finance. More detailed repudiations came from the fact-checking charity Full Fact, Cass Business School and the accountancy


Charities bill passes through committee stage

ThirdSector (Web), Unattributed, 21/01/16

MPs in the committee.    In a joint written submission to the committee after it invited views on the bill in December, a group of charity bodies and lawyers, including Acevo and the Charity Finance Group, said the legislation lacked sufficient safeguards in relation to the new powers that it would grant the Charity Commission.    The report stage of


MP calls on ministers to extend freedom of information laws to charities

Charity Digital News (Web), George Carey, 19/01/16

this reason that I seeking to extend the Freedom of Information Act to cover private sector companies, social enterprises and charities.”        An ‘overwhelming obligation’   The charity chief executives body Acevo and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations have both warned against extending legislation to include charities, claiming that it would be a “difficult and overwhelming obligation” for many charities.    The plans


NCVO launches project to encourage positive news stories about charities

Civil Society (Web), David Ainsworth, 19/01/16

“to guide us and offer expert input”, which will be led by Martyn Lewis, NCVO chair and former BBC news presenter.  NCVO will work on the project with chief executives body Acevo, communications umbrella body CharityComms, and the Understanding Charities Group.  She warned the project will not be involved in rebutting negative news stories about the charity sector.  “Charities have such a huge


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