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Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Legal update: GDPR

Getting sorted for GDPR

This update on the GDPR has been published by voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) changes data protection legislation in all EU member states on 25 May 2018. In the UK it will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), and will be supplemented by

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Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Legal update: CIO naming

New rules on CIO/SCIO names

This update has been sent by voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack.

For all CIOs/SCIOs: Inclusion in index of company names

Since 1 January 2018 the names of all charitable incorporated organisations registered in England and Wales (CIOs) and Scottish CIOs (SCIOs) are included in the index of company names maintained by Companies

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Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Legal update: CIOs

This update comes from voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack (

Charitable company conversion to charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)

Five years after the new charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) structure became available for unincorporated charities in England and Wales, it is finally!!! also available for charitable companies.

CIOs have all the advantages of incorporation, in particular protection from personal

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Friday, July 14th, 2017

New Charity Governance Code published

The updated version of the Charity Governance Code has been published, setting out higher standards and urging larger charities to carry out external reviews every three years.

You can view and download the new code and find advice about using the code on the new Charity Governance Code website.

The publishers of the code are keen to raise awareness

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Good Finance website – help to navigate social investment

Good Finance is a new website to help charities and social enterprises navigate the often complex world of social investment, has just launched.

It was designed by charities and social enterprises and developed in collaboration with Access, Big Society Capital, Government and key sector partners.

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Legal update: PAYE & statutory payments

This legal update on PAYE & statutory payments has been posted by Sandy Adirondack, voluntary sector legal expert.

Tax allowances & national insurance thresholds for 2017-18

Changes from 6 April.

Changes to salary sacrifice arrangements

From 6 April some benefits in kind received under salary sacrifice and similar arrangements become subject to tax and class 1A national insurance contributions,

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Legal update: Pay, apprenticeship levy, tax-free childcare

This legal update has been posted by voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack on Pay, apprenticeship levy, tax-free childcare.

Tax-free childcare

Government confirmed in the spring budget on 8 March that tax-free accounts to help working parents pay for childcare will start being rolled out in April.

Apprenticeship levy

Starts 6 April: Fewer than 2% of employers will have

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Legal update – Pay

National minimum wage and national living wage

The National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage rates for pay reference periods beginning 1 April 2017 are detailed on Sady Adirondack’s website, along with bizarre excuses for not paying NMW/NLW and HMRC advice on avoiding common errors.

NMW/NLW enforcement: four charities were among 359 employers named and shamed last week.

All at


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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Free handbook on fundraising for charity Trustees

A free downloadable resource, “Trustees and Fundraising:  A practical guide” has been published by the Institute of Fundraising in partnership with NCVO, Charity Finance Group and ACEVO.  It looks at key areas trustees should be thinking through and will support both trustees and fundraisers to create effective fundraising policies to promote the aims and objectives

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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

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