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Arms deal fixer considers Barclays lawsuit

The Guardian, p.40, Jill Treanor, 18/03/2016

for closing accounts of charities. Its chairman, Douglas Flint, has warned that the risk of fines was making banks risk averse.Asheem Singh, director of public policy at charity leaders group ACEVO, said he would be writing to Barclays. “The surest way to guarantee fraud or worse terrorist activity is to force humanitarian organisations to carry cash which may be misappropriated


Billionaire arms deal fixer Wafic Said weighs up Barclays lawsuit, Unattributed, 18/03/2016

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Stephen Bubb report: Government must meet its commitment to people with learning disabilities, urges United Response

United Response (Blog), Danielle Mendel, 18/03/2016

complex needs by 50% by 2019, but without a similar commitment in place to increase community provision, it was unclear how this would be achieved.”We are pleased to see that Sir Stephen Bubb is seeking to address this point in the recommendations that he has published today, and calls on the Government to legally recognise the rights of people with


Budget 2016 and the VCSE Sector (Web), Unattributed, 18/03/2016

sustaining England’s churches and cathedrals to assess maintenance and repair pressures and examine how the sector can become more financially sustainable. The Budget was met with disappointment by charity leaders, with Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the charity chief executives body Acevo, saying it contained “booby traps and sugared pills” and was “not so much jam tomorrow as problems down the


How the Charities Act 2016 will affect the sector

Civil Society (Web), Kirsty Weakley, 17/03/2016

urged the government to introduce clearer safeguards about when and how the Commission would use the official warning powers. And a number of sector bodies including Directory of Social Change, Acevo, Bond, Association of Charitable Foundations, Charity Finance Group and law firm BWB submitted evidence to the Act committee calling for the greater safeguards. The government did not agree that the


Umbrella bodies welcome lobbying act recommendations

Charity Times (Web), Matt Ritchie, 17/03/2016

address the issue. ‘We look forward to the government’s speedy response,’? Etherington said. Separately, Acevo called for the recommendations to be implemented ‘in full without delay’?. The association’™s chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb thanked Lord Hodgson for the thorough report. Bubb said the Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act had been a ‘legislative and democratic car


Reduce the scope of lobbying act, says Lord Hodgson

Third Sector (Web), Rebecca Cooney, 17/03/2016

the Electoral Commission’s online register to be improved, giving more information as to what the registered parties’ campaigning interests are. The review was welcomed by charity bodies. Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the charity leaders body Acevo, said he was in favour of repealing the whole act, but acknowledged Hodgson’s review was “a good first step”.


Hodgson Review recommends key changes to Lobbying Act

Civil Society (Web), David Ainsworth, 17/03/2016

was one of the stated aims of the Lobbying Act and one which I believe it has failed to achieve so far, but these changes will certainly address the issue.” Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, said: “The Lobbying Act was a legislative and democratic car crash. By gagging charities, the government ensured that the voices of our most


Calderstones puts house in order to win good reports

Clitheroe Adv and Times, Eric Bearsworth, 17/03/2016

to make sure we continue to deliver safe and efficient services.” Calderstones, the UK’s sole remaining hospital specialing in learning disability, had been criticised in a report by NHS chief Sir Stephen Bubb over hygiene standards and use of restraint. NHS England later announced that Calderstones trust would be taken over by the Mersey Care trust and the Whalley hospital


Budget responses: a `massive missed opportunity?

Civil Society (Web), Alice Sharman, 16/03/2016

that “overall the picture is one of considerable cuts to departmental budgets and local government.” And that it is “still a challenge for the sector and their beneficiaries”. Acevo’s chief executive, Sir Stephen Bubb, said: “The budget was not so much jam tomorrow as problems down the line. The Chancellor has asked the Paymaster General to find £3.5bn worth of cuts.


Charity leaders disappointed at George Osborne’s Budget announcements

Third Sector (Web), Andy Ricketts, 16/03/2016

immediate note for the voluntary sector, although sector sources said they understood the government had decided to leave the 80 per cent business rate relief for charities unchanged.  Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the charity chief executives body Acevo , said the Budget contained “booby traps and sugared pills” and was “not so much jam tomorrow as problems


Treasury to give #45m from banking fines to 30 charities

Third Sector (Web), Rebecca Cooney, 16/03/2016

that there was no reference to a previous announcement by the government that it was seeking to change EU rules to allow for a zero rate on sanitary products. Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the charity leader’s group Acevo, expressed concern that the agreements associated with the grants would be likely to contain the new anti-lobbying clause, which

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