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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Legal update – governance updates for trustees

This information has been published by voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack. Here are a number of updates and advice for trustees on Governance.

Reporting serious incidents – England and Wales

Charity Commission consultation on revised guidance for reporting serious incidents ends 12 January (very soon!).


Governance codes

  • Consultation until 3 February on draft governance code for charities in England and Wales (also relevant to non-charities).
  • Complete revamp of Northern Ireland DIY committee website, which includes the NI good governance code and other governance resources.
  • New governance code for sports organisations – compliance to be obligatory from April 2017 for any sports organisation applying for government or National Lottery funding.

All of these can be linked from

Other recent governance resources

  • Easy-read version of NCVO’s Good trustee guide, to support people with a learning disability who are or might become charity trustees.
  • Updated guidance and good practice for trustees from OSCR for Scottish charities, plus an easy-read version.
  • Two reports from New Philanthropy Capital: Above and beyond in trusteeship and What makes a good charity?
  • Advising Communities continues some of the services of Community Matters.

Also all at, following on from the governance codes.