Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas to all!


We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy 2017...



Thursday, 22 December 2016

Commission opens consultation on the annual return

Two-year project to fundamentally review key information Commission collects and displays from charities

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today announced a consultation for next year’s annual return. This consultation is part of a two-year project to fundamentally review the key information that we collect and display from charities.
The annual return is a key regulatory tool for the regulator that is used for two main purposes. It enables the Commission to collect information about charities that it can use to identify issues of concern, either in specific charities or areas of broader risk across the charity sector. It is the source of much of the information that is displayed on the Register of Charities – a key driver to allow the public and donors to find out more information about charities.
This two year project will take a fundamental look at how we collect information using the Annual Return; whether we are collecting the right information for our regulatory work and will also explore other ways to keep the Charity Register up to date.
The first part of that project starts today with the launch of this consultation to make some structural changes to how we collect information for the annual return in 2017. In particular, questions are asked about whether:
  • charities should keep the fundamental information up to date more regularly that annually
  • questions should be focussed to match the Commission’s strategic priorities and targeted at the relevant charities
  • the regulatory burden can be lifted by making sure the annual return is more targeted and proportionate

Jane Adderley, Head of First Contact, at the Charity Commission said:

"The annual return is a vital tool that allows us to regulate effectively. Making sure that we collect the right information, in the right way is a key part of this. Over the next two years, we hope the annual return will change and improve significantly and this is the first step.
Making sure that these changes are made in the right way for charities, as well as the Commission, is important and so we would encourage registered charities to respond."
The consultation can be filled in using a simple online survey and runs until 9 March 2017.
(source: Charity Commission)

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Fundraising by agency lacked transparency and was misleading to the public

Only 5.5% of donations over 3 years went to the end cause - Charity Commission found minimal funds made available to support hospices

The Charity Commission today published a report of its inquiry into Hospice Aid UK (registered charity number 1092575).
On 28 August 2014 the Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity after concerns raised by members of the public and other charities about the charity’s fundraising practices and limited direct charitable expenditure. The Commission identified serious regulatory concerns regarding the charity’s management and administration, specifically relating to the charity’s fundraising and the proportion of public donations received by the charity.
The inquiry found that there was poor governance and poor financial management of the charity and its affairs by the trustees which was mismanagement and misconduct. The inquiry examined the agreement that the charity entered into with a fundraising agency in 2012, for 7 years. The inquiry established that the terms of the agreement substantially favoured the fundraising agency and that it was difficult to see how the decision to enter into this agreement was in the charity’s best interests.
The inquiry found that the mailing material sent to the public did not contain a solicitation statement which explained how a donation would be used, the percentage of those funds that would be received by the charity or how much would be consumed by the costs and fees of the agreement. The inquiry found that the direct mailing material therefore lacked transparency and did not enable the donating public to make an informed decision when donating to the charity.
The inquiry found that in the 3 reporting years since the charity entered into the agreement (2013-2015), the charity’s gross income was £1,448,258, with direct donations to hospices amounting to just £78,925. This represents a very low percentage of approximately 5.5% of the total income being applied in direct furtherance of the charity’s purposes.
The Commission’s inquiry, in a report published today, concluded that there was misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the charity.
The Commission also concluded that:
  • there was evidence of both poor governance and poor financial management of the charity and its affairs
  • the former trustees entered into fundraising activities which were not in the best interests of the charity and subjected it to high fundraising costs over a long period of time
  • the public were misled into thinking more money would have made its way to the charity and been used to make grants and support hospices
  • even money that come to the charity was subject to high administration and governance costs
  • the trustees failed to manage the risks and failed to comply with their legal duties and responsibilities as trustees
The Commission recognises the difficult position that the current trustees faced when they assumed responsibility for a charity in a fragile financial position and which was already committed to the 7 year agreement with the fundraising agency but to address these serious regulatory issues the Commission used its powers and directed the current trustees, on 11 May and 4 July 2016 under Section 84 of the Charities Act 2011, to complete two action plans: a ‘governance and management’ action plan and a ‘fundraising’ action plan. The full actions are disclosed in the report but include taking action to review charity’s expenditure, overheads and fundraising.
The current trustees have already taken steps to rectify some of the issues identified. The Commission approved the form and content of a new solicitation statement and verified the financial figures referred to in the statement, which the charity has agreed will be displayed on all new fundraising material. The charity has also negotiated a reduction in the costs from the agency.
The Commission will continue to monitor the charity’s compliance with these action plans. The Commission has reported its findings regarding the fundraising agency to the Fundraising Regulator.

Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Charity Commission, said:

"This case is a clear reminder to all charities of the importance of their legal responsibilities when fundraising. This is a case where we believe poor financial oversight and a failure to adequately control costs and overheads was an instrumental factor in the deteriorating financial position and where a fundraising arrangement was not only not in the charity’s best interests, mean that the public believed more money was going to charitable causes than was the case.
“We have recently warned charities to avoid entering into fundraising arrangements that include one or more of the following characteristics:
  • arrangements with a third party fundraiser which bear all the hallmarks of a professional fundraiser arrangement, but which are structured to avoid the legal rules; the fundraiser may be described as an adviser or consultant in the contract even though in reality they are really controlling the solicitation of funds on the charity’s behalf - these arrangements can also mean that it is not clear to the donor that the fundraising is being delivered by, or with the significant involvement of, a third party at a significant cost to the charity
  • medium or long term contracts that have very limited termination or adjustment provisions
  • arrangements in which the charity only benefits from the arrangement at the very end of the contract term, and where there is the possibility that the charity will not benefit at all
  • arrangements where the fees received by, or payments made to third party fundraisers damage public trust and confidence in that charity
We have made clear we expect charities to comply with relevant legal rules, including those designed to make third party fundraising arrangements transparent to donors, supporters and the public. The public expect and deserve to know how their donations will be spent and to what extent the charity is benefiting."
Trustees must comply with their legal duties when overseeing their charity’s fundraising, as set out in the in the Commission’s guidance - Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20).
The full report is available on GOV.UK.
(source: Charity Commission)

Regulator highlights poor governance at the heart of charity failings

Charity Commission publishes annual report of its casework, Tackling Abuse and Mismanagement

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today published its annual report of compliance and investigatory work, Tackling Abuse and Mismanagement. The report highlights the Commission’s work in identifying and tackling concerns in charities as it continues to make better use of its powers.
The report also confirms poor governance to be at the heart of much of the regulator’s case work this year, include high profile cases regarding fundraising and financial abuse. It identifies the strategic vision, oversight and evaluation that a board of charity trustees should provide is not an ‘optional extra’ in a charity.

Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement, said:

"Good governance is at the heart of what it is to be a well-functioning, effective charity. Too often in our casework we see basic mistakes, sometimes by those seeking to abuse charities but all too often simply through ignorance or carelessness. The impact this has on charities and their work individually, but also on the sector more widely, can be significant. This report demonstrates the need for trustees to get a real grip on their duties and do the basics better. We provide a huge amount of help and guidance for trustees and now more than ever it is important that these are used by trustees to help them fulfil their role."
The report also highlights the increasingly proactive side of the Commission’s compliance work. The Commission identified key underlying risks to charities and undertook visits and/or accounts scrutinies on these themed issues. In total, the regulator undertook almost 450 monitoring visits and almost 1,000 detailed scrutiny of charities’ accounts. As part of this work, and following the closure of a number of charities over the year including some that were high profile, the Commission undertook a programme of work to test the financial resilience in charities. This programme of work found that trustees who took early steps to address these difficulties and explored a range of different options were able to achieve better results for their beneficiaries. The lessons, and examples of good practice for others to follow, were published.
Michelle Russell says that these lessons can be more widely learnt
"Our proactive work has identified that where trustees are alert to the risks their organisations are facing, and show strong leadership by setting plans to deal with them and seeing them through, then they can have positive outcomes can be positive. Some of the charities in financial distress who took these steps have shown that. We want to prevent abuse and mismanagement before it occurs and so as we enter 2017, we are encouraging trustees to take stock of the risks they are facing and take a positive approach to addressing them."
The Commission will report further on its proactive, themed work in the coming months.
The report also identifies wider steps that the Commission has taken to tackle abuse across the year, including:
  • continuing to use its powers more swiftly, robustly, and effectively. These were used on 1,248 occasions (2014-15: 1,200), and continued to open more operational compliance cases - 1,327 (2014-15: 1,182)
  • removing significantly more trustees to protect charities from abuse. In total the regulator issued 14 people with a notice of intention to remove them, compared to four the previous year. Eight of these trustees were removed.
  • improving and increasing the volume of information sharing with other agencies. In total there were 2332 disclosures between the Commission and other agencies , making 1,410 disclosures and receiving 922; (2014-15: 1,446 and 667)
full statistical analysis of the commission’s case work is also published as an annex to the report.
The full report is available on GOV.UK.
(source: Charity Commission)

Monday, 19 December 2016

BRECON - WE ARE COMING TO YOU!


Thought for the week

Good morning everyone and welcome to our Monday thought for the week to help keep us inspired and encourage us through the week ahead of Trusteeship!

"Thought for the Week"


“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life” ~ Author Unknown

Charity Commission annual public meeting 9 January 2017, the Royal Society, London

Commission to report on its work over the past year and answer questions from attendees

The Charity Commission is inviting charities, trustees and their advisers to attend its annual public meeting on 9 January 2017, which will take place at the Royal Society in London from 10am to 12pm. The meeting is an opportunity for the Commission to report on its work over the past year and answer questions from attendees.
The meeting will be chaired by William Shawcross, Chairman of the Commission, who will also open the meeting. The keynote speech will be delivered by a Senior Cabinet Minister.
Attendees will then hear from the regulator’s Chief Executive, Paula Sussex, and other senior staff on the Commission’s work over the last year and plans for the coming months. This will be followed by a Q&A whereby attendees can ask questions of William, Paula and the executive team.
The meeting is free to attend but spaces are limited. If you would like to express an interest in attending please email: publicmeetings@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk.
(source: Charity Commission)

Thursday, 15 December 2016

PQASSO Essentials pilot

PQASSO helps third sector organisations take a systematic look at what they do, identify areas where they are doing well and not so well, and decide exactly where improvements are needed.
PQASSO covers all aspects of an organisation's work including governance, planning, leadership and management, managing people, managing money and outcomes and impact. Once an organisation has implemented PQASSO it can apply for the PQASSO Quality Mark, the external accreditation for PQASSO, which shows that the organisation has achieved the PQASSO quality standard at a particular level.
PQASSO Essentials is intended to help smaller, third sector groups and organisations that:
  • May never have reviewed their whole group or organisation and that want to do a basic 'health check' to know which areas they need to develop and strengthen
  • Want to start to introduce and embed quality and continuous improvement in their work
  • Need a framework to support the development of their group or organisation, and 
  • Want to be more effective and efficient in how they work.
Find out more about the PQASSO Essentials pilot and register to take part.
To find out more about PQASSO and PQASSO developments in Wales please contact Heledd Kirkbride, PQASSO Engagement Officer at heledd.kirkbride@ncvo.org.uk or 07890 637865 / 029 2043 1716.


Charity Commission responds to official warnings and trustee disqualification consultations

Commission gives further clarity to its approach to using new powers


The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today published its responses, and supplementary information, following the consultations held on the implementation of 2 new statutory powers - the power to issue official warnings, and the power to disqualify individuals from trusteeship. The Commission was granted these powers under the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016.
In total, the Commission received almost 100 responses to the 2 consultations. It then held further workshops and focused discussion groups with key interested parties and stakeholders in order to further inform its work. The feedback was largely focused on additional information and clarity in how the Commission would approach the use of these powers.
The constructive feedback that was given has been helpful in identifying this further information. The Commission has listened to these considerations and has published a number of documents to meet those needs. These documents provide detailed information and answer a number of the questions raised. The Commission’s approach to using the powers remains guided by the intent and wording of the legislation.
With regards to the official warning power, a number of responses asked for further clarity on the Commission’s approach to issuing warnings, the notice period and process for representations, as well as the approach to publication of warnings. In response the Commission has:
  • published a Q and A document which addresses many of the practical issues as to how warnings will be implemented
  • confirmed the Commission will give 28 days notice, unless there are specific reasons for longer or shorter periods
  • confirmed the wide range of issues on which representations can be made, as well as the process by which they will be addressed
  • confirmed decisions on publication will be made on a case-by-case basis and published the criteria that staff will take into account
With regards to the power to disqualify trustees, some responses requested clarity on the general approach and the process regarding use of the power, as well as further information on the decision making regarding length of disqualification. In response, the Commission has:
  • published a revised explanatory statement on the criteria to be met under the legislative test, and on its approach to the three disqualification bands determining the length of period an individual will be disqualified for
  • published a Q and A document to accompany the explanatory statement which address many of the practical issues of the process the commission will follow for making a disqualification order and the implications for a person who is disqualified

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission, said:

"We received a good deal of valuable input from stakeholders and this in itself shows the benefits of a proper consultation process. We are grateful to those who have contributed.
The Commission’s approach to using these powers has to be guided by the legislation and by parliament. These will be useful tools in our armoury to tackle abuse.
We are pleased to be able to provide further clarity on our approach and further detail for charities and trustees who are interested in how we will use these powers."
The Commission has published the consultation response, a Q and A document and the subsequent operational guidance for staff regarding the Official Warning power.
The Commission has published the consultation response, a Q and A document and the explanatory statement regarding the Disqualification power.
(source: Charity Commission)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Regulatory alert: charities at risk of cyber attack

 Warning about malicious ‘phishing emails’.

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is issuing this alert to charities as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011.
The information contained within this alert is based on reports made during the past month to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre.

There are 2 prevalent scams to be aware of:

‘Crime Prevention Advice’ email

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses with the message subject heading ‘Crime Prevention Advice’. Charities could also be at risk from this disturbing new email scam and are encouraged to be vigilant.
The campaign’s primary function appears to be the distribution of powerful malware via a malicious email attachment. The email sender appears to be spoofing a Metropolitan Police email address, showing the sender as ‘crime@content.met.police.uk’. The email contains the text:
‘TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC See attached document to read more about crime prevention advice. Regards, Metropolitan Police Service.’
The email includes an attachment titled ‘11212527.zip’. This attachment contains malicious content which downloads the iSPY key logger to the victim’s device. This key logger records keystrokes, steals passwords stored in web browsers and Skype conversation records, takes pictures via webcam and stores the license keys of software, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

‘Notice of Intended Prosecution’ email

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to email addresses connected to businesses in the United Kingdom, with the message subject heading ‘Notice of Intended Prosecution’ and ‘NIP - Notice Number’ followed by a combination of letters and numbers.
Its primary function appears to be distributing Banking Trojan malware, through a malicious link embedded within the email. The emails purport to come from the Greater Manchester Police, so will be of most relevance to those charities based in the North West of the UK.
It is believed that the URL hidden behind the line ‘Check The Photographic Evidence’ delivers the GOZI/ISFP Banking Trojan which is involved in stealing online banking login details from victims. See below for screen-grab of scam email:
Fake email purporting to be from Greater Manchester Police
Fake email purporting to be from Greater Manchester Police
In both cases, charities are advised to protect themselves in the following ways:
  • ensure charity software has up-to-date virus protection, though it will not always prevent you from becoming infected
  • do not click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages - fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like it’s from a trusted source
  • if you’re unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication - information on how to locate email headers can be found at https://mxtoolbox.com/Public/Content/EmailHeaders/
  • always install software updates as soon as they become available, as the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities
  • if your current software does not offer an ‘anti-spyware’ function, consider installing software which does, as this can detect key loggers
  • undertake regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider - however, it’s important that the device you back up to is not left connected to your computer, as a malware infection could spread to that device too
  • if you suspect your bank details have been accessed, you should contact your bank immediately
If you think your charity has been affected by a phishing scam, or any other type of fraud, you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Trustees are advised also to report suspected or known fraud incidents to the Commission at RSI@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk.
Serious incident reporting helps the Commission to gauge the volume and impact of incidents within charities and to understand the risks facing the sector as a whole.

Carl Mehta, Head of Investigations and Enforcement at the Charity Commission said:

"Charities need to be aware of the imminent danger posed by malicious phishing emails and to take appropriate steps to protect their charity from cyber-attack - a charity’s valuable assets and good reputation can be put at risk from these dangerous scams.
I urge all charities, if they suspect they may have fallen victim to phishing scams, to report it immediately to Action Fraud, and to the Commission under its serious incident reporting regime. You can visit www.charitiesagainstfraud.org.uk for advice and top tips on how to protect your charity against cyber-fraud."

(source: Charity Commission)

Monday, 12 December 2016

Survey on Priorities for the TSPC for 2017/18

The Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) Working Group has commissioned a survey to gather the views of TSPC network members on the strategic, cross-cutting priorities for influencing during the fifth Welsh Government.  Feedback will help the TSPC Working Group to choose the two most popular issues to focus on for 2017/18. 


The survey is open from 12 December 2016 – 13 January 2017.  The results will be analysed and considered by the TSPC working group in spring 2017 and progress will be reported through TSPC networks and via WCVA’s website and Network Wales magazine.

You can also read the blog about taking stock and forward planning for the Third Sector Scheme 2017/18.

Information about the Third Sector Scheme

(Source: WCVA)

Regulators issue joint alert about compliance with data protection law

Commission reminds charities that they must identify and comply with data protection laws and regulations.

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, and the Fundraising Regulator, are issuing an alert to all charities. It reminds trustees that they must, in addition to following charity law requirements, ensure that there are systems in place at their charity to identify and comply with any data protection laws and regulations that apply to its activities.
Following data protection law is a critical compliance area for any charity that handles personal information. It includes, but is not restricted to, collection, use and storage of donors’ personal data. The Commission’s guidance, Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20), is clear that trustees are responsible for having systems and processes in place at their charity to ensure that its fundraising is compliant with this legislation.
This week, 2 charities have been found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act and have been issued with monetary penalties by the Information Commissioner. Further charities are also under investigation.
The Commission and the Fundraising Regulator are therefore issuing this alert to support trustees as well as remind them of their legal duties and responsibilities in this area. This alert should be read in conjunction with our published guidance, the published guidance of the ICO and Fundraising Regulator alongside seeking professional advice where necessary. Below we also set out key steps as regulators we expect trustees and charities to immediately take:
  • immediately cease any activity without explicit consent described and set out by the ICO notices of 5 December 2016 (published 9 December 2016) as being in breach of data protection law
  • review and assess activities in the areas of data collection, storage and use to ensure it is compliant with data protection law - this should include reviewing fair processing statements to ensure they are explicit, clear, transparent and highly visible
  • review and assess current data governance systems and processes to ensure they are fit for purpose and evidence sufficient oversight, control, are operating and effective - this includes ensuring there is a clear framework of ownership and accountability in place
  • where breaches are identified ensure you review the requirements for reporting to the ICO and comply - where a notification of breach is required to also submit a notification to the Commission under the reporting a serious incident process
  • where breaches have occurred consider the risk to those whose data has been breached and any action required to mitigate risks to those individuals and their data - this should include notification to those affected if appropriate following a risk assessment by the data controller
  • notify the Commission about any investigation of their charity by the Information Commissioner by reporting a serious incident

David Holdsworth, Chief Operating Officer and Registrar of Charities for England and Wales, said:

"Charities must learn the lessons from this week and do so quickly. Practices that some charities consider ‘common practice’ are in breach of the data protection requirements and should be ceased immediately. Charities are subject to the same legal requirements as all other organisations and must properly safeguard personal information according to the law. Acting in breach of their legal obligations under data protection law has and will incur substantial financial penalties and generate damaging public criticism about charity fundraising.
Our expectation is that trustees have systems in place so that, at their charity, there is the right level of knowledge and awareness about the rules and that, crucially, they are adhered to."

Stephen Dunmore, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said:

"The ICO’s monetary penalty notices for these 2 charities should be a wake-up call for the whole sector. Charities must meet their legal obligations to ensure that they always have the proper consents in place for the use of personal data, both by purpose and communication channel.
Achieving compliance with data protection law is now an urgent priority, if charities are to avoid further reputational risk and re-establish public and donor confidence in fundraising."
The Commission, ICO and the Fundraising Regulator will also be hosting a joint educational event for charities early next year on data protection requirements. At the conference, the Fundraising Regulator is also planning to launch practical guidance for the charity sector on data protection and consent issues, following on from the NCVO’s recommendations in September 2016.
Further information for charities is available:

(source: the Charity Commission)

Thought for the week



Good morning everyone and welcome to our Monday thought for the week to help keep us inspired and encourage us through the week ahead of Trusteeship!

"Thought for the Week"


"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth" ~Mohammed Ali






Alliance Family Foundation

The Alliance Family Foundation was formed by the Alliance family in 1968 as a means to help meet the financial, educational or religious needs of those less fortunate or less able to help themselves in times or circumstances of difficulty.
This remains the Foundation’s central purpose and the trustees continue to carry this out for the public benefit by the making of donations at their discretion to institutions, organisations and individuals they consider fall within their objects.
The Alliance Family Foundation aims to fund a wide range of projects in the UK and abroad, particularly those focusing on:
o The advancement of education;
o The relief of poverty and hardship; and
o The advancement of religion.
The Trust provides the majority of its support through donations to UK and foreign educational, religious and welfare charities but also makes donations for the educational, medical and general benefit of individuals through charitable organisations where considered appropriate (individuals are not directly eligible to apply).
The Foundation makes large grants to between five and six institutions each year and a number of smaller grants to charitable organisations. Match funding is not required.
During the year ending 31 March 2015, the Foundation made donations totalling £15,657,833 to 109 institutions, organisations and individuals (2014: £967,160 to 125 recipients). This included a single donation of £15 million to Manchester University.
PLEASE NOTE: applying organisations must be based in the UK.
The Foundation does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Applications should be made in writing to the Alliance Family Foundation at:
The Alliance Family Foundation
Spencer House
27 St James's Place
London SW1A 1NR
Email: aff@alliance.me 

(The Foundation does not advertise a phone number.)  

(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Charity Commission responds to ICO issuing penalties to two charities


Charity regulator is assessing whether trustees have met duties under charity law

Following the Information Commissioner’s Office announcement today that it has issued monetary penalties to two charities for contraventions of the Data Protection Act, the Charity Commission confirms that it has open compliance cases into both RSPCA and the British Heart Foundation. The charity regulator is assessing whether the trustees of each charity have acted in accordance with their duties under charity law.The Charity Commission’s guidance to trustees on fundraising makes it clear that trustees need to understand and comply with the relevant data protection laws and requirements.
The two charities acted properly in reporting the ICO investigations and notice of financial penalties to the Charity Commission and the trustees are cooperating fully with the Commission. Both charities have now given us assurances that they have ceased these practices.

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy & Communications at the Charity Commission, said

"The fact that charities have been found in contravention of data protection requirements in this way is very serious and highly regrettable. Charities rely on public generosity to carry out their important work. In return the public trust charities to raise money in a considerate and responsible way and to use it effectively. The law requires, and the public expects, this will include safeguarding donors’ personal data."
"We are working with the charities concerned, the Information Commissioner and the new Fundraising Regulator, to ensure that any necessary remedial action is taken. The wider lessons for charities about their responsibility to protect donors’ personal data must be shared and acted on."
The Commission is aware that the ICO is investigating a number of other charities which may have similarly contravened the Data Protection Act, and may issue further monetary penalties. The Charity Commission will engage with these charities and in each case seek to establish whether the trustees have acted in accordance with their legal duties.
The Commission, ICO and the Fundraising Regulator will also be hosting a joint educational event for charities early next year on data protection requirements.
(Source: the Charity Commission)

Monday, 5 December 2016

POLICY ROUND-UP: NOVEMBER 2016

POLICY ROUND-UP: NOVEMBER 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Chamberlain from the NCVO

The below link holds "a glimpse into the many policy issues that have happened in November. I have not included the Autumn Statement, which was perhaps the most important event last month"

For more click on this link - 

Thought for the Week



Good morning everyone and welcome to our Monday thought for the week to help keep us inspired and encourage us through the week ahead of Trusteeship!

"Thought for the Week"


"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth" ~Mohammed Ali






Thursday, 1 December 2016

Charity Commission statement of the results of the class inquiry into double defaulter charities in particular Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs


A charity representative informed the commission that the reason for not complying with their statutory accounting requirements was due to the charity losing key government funding which resulted in the trustees having to carry out a number of staff changes which included redundancies. The commission stated, "This does not excuse the failure of the trustees to fulfil their statutory obligations."

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/573925/wales_federation_of_young_farmers_clubs.pdf

(Source: The Charity Commission)

Charity Commission opens inquiry after ‘large sums of money’ paid to trustee

Charity Commission opens inquiry after ‘large sums of money’ paid to trustee - See more at: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charity-commission-opens-inquiry-after-large-sums-of-money-paid-by-charity-to-unconnected-company.html#sthash.Azwb2Xl7.dpuf

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Research Assistant Opportunity

Sent on behalf of Wales Public Services 2025

Hello everyone

We are looking for a Research Assistant to help us with our work. This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding researcher. The vacancy is now open on the Cardiff University website – www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs. The vacancy reference is 5469BR.

The successful candidate will work alongside our Research Associate Dr Daria Luchinskaya and the programme director Michael Trickey. The Programme works closely with UK and Welsh think tanks such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Health Foundation, the Public Policy Institute for Wales and we are planning to add more organisations to this list in the future. The Programme’s goal is to produce independent and high quality evidence and analysis which can be trusted and informs public policy and debate in Wales about public services and public finances. The Research Assistant will have opportunities to contribute to publication in high quality journals and achieve a significant impact on policy decisions. Hosted by Cardiff Business School, Wales Public Services 2025 is a unique partnership between Cardiff University and five national bodies.

I would be grateful if you would publicise this as widely as possible. I shall also be using twitter and anything else available. Please find attached an image that may be of help. 

Many thanks for your help.


Frances Riggs
Administration
Wales Public Services 2025
Tel: 029 20870913

Monday, 28 November 2016


Good morning everyone and welcome to our first Monday thought for the week to help keep us inspired and encourage us through the week ahead of Trusteeship!

"Thought for the Week"

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
(Winston Churchill)

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Come and join us at our ‘Engagement Party’ at Rhayader Fire Station on Tuesday 6th December and find out all the reasons you should ‘Give us a ring!’
Claire & Sally will be there ready to welcome you and provide you with information and an opportunity to network with other voluntary organisations and community groups. Find out more about how PAVO can support your organisation


Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Come and join us at our ‘Engagement Party’ tonight at Abercrave Fire Station and find out all the reasons you should ‘Give us a ring!’
John & Sally will be there ready to welcome you and provide you with information and an opportunity to network with other voluntary organisations and community groups. Find out more about how PAVO can support your organisation



Friday, 11 November 2016

Looking for a trustee volunteering opportunity?

Where's the best place to find a trustee volunteering opportunity?

Have a look on the PAVO website:  http://www.pavo.org.uk/home.html 
We often get asked to promote opportunities, and you'll find them here.

Contact Powys Volunteer Centre, part of PAVO on 01597 822191.

Go to  https://www.volunteering-wales.net/volunteering/

Ask around your local community, word of mouth is often the most effective way of recruiting trustees, and groups will be delighted to welcome you on board.