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ARISE (the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise) is an alliance of local business partners who have come together to provide an annual fund of money to support initiatives and socially based activities that improve the lives of groups or individuals in Hatfield.  Please download the ARISE Leaflet from here.

Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund

David Lloyd syas: “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Commissioner’s Community Fund – a new initiative that will provide support to innovative local schemes which aim to make our communities safer. As I said in my Police and Crime Plan, ‘Everybody’s Business’ I want to help individuals, communities and businesses to get together and generate ideas. This could range from small-scale purchases that will improve communities to capacity building work, or big ideas needing match funding.”  Please read the full text of his Community fund letter here.

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Olympics saving to go back to government!

The Government has just announced it will save £377 million on the Olympics– and that this will go back to the Treasury rather than to help pay back the lottery which contributed billions to the games. Go to,0,0,0,0&dm_i=6S7,10EJW,N92UE,3424O,1

Open Public Services: Experiences from the Voluntary Sector

This report documents the experience of charities in bringing transformation and innovation to public services. Go to

Why Social Enterprise ?

A new report to help charities explore whether becoming a social enterprise is the right move for them at a time of cuts to local authority funding and changes in how services are commissioned. Go to

Disclosure of convictions to insurers

Failing to disclose criminal convictions of employees or volunteers can cause a charity, or other organisation, to invalidate its insurance policy. This article highlights some of the key issues that will need to be borne in mind when making such disclosures. Go to,10EJW,N92UE,33WX1,1  


Workers from abroad

Updated Border Agency guidance on checking right to work in the UK .

Changes to criteria for tier 1 (entrepreneurs, investors and exceptional talent) and tier 2 (skilled) visas over the past year. New tier 5 provision for permitted paid engagements allows some academics, professionals and entertainers to enter the UK and do paid work for up to one month, without formal sponsorship. A case where it was held to be race discrimination not to allow job applications from people who are not EEA nationals.

Workers registration scheme for nationals of most central and eastern European EU member states ended last year. Work authorisation rules for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania extended until 31 December 2013. Rules similar to those for Bulgaria and Romania expected to apply when Croatia joins the EU on 1 July 2013. Changes to rules for family members of European Economic Area nationals – in effect from 8 November 2012.

National minimum wage

Goes up for adults (21+), 18-20 year olds and apprentices, but not for 16-17 year olds who are not apprentices.

Pension auto-enrolment

Employers with fewer than 30 employees will auto-enrol from June 2015-April 2017, and new employers who started PAYE schemes on or after 1 April 2012 will auto-enrol from May 2017-February 2018.

Payment allowed for permitted work

For people on employment and support allowance and other benefits based on incapacity for work go up from £97.50 per week to £99.50.

Health and safety

Rules on no-smoking signs become more lenient – signs no longer need to be a specified size and design, and you only need to have one in each non-smoking premises (and one in each non-smoking vehicle).

The Health & Safety Executive will start charging businesses/organisations a fee for inspections, investigations and the time involved in enforcement action if there is a breach of H&S law.

Music venues

Entertainment licences no longer required for unamplified music and some amplified music.

IMPORTANT: The new rules apply only between 8am and 11pm – not 8am and midnight as I previously had on my website.

Late-night alcohol sales

From 31 October: rules come into effect allowing licensing authorities to restrict the supply of alcohol between midnight and 6am, and/or to charge a late-night levy.

Wheel clamping

Private land owners or occupiers can no longer clamp or remove vehicles parked on their property, and warning signs are invalid. 

Intellectual property

New small claims track in the patent court for intellectual property disputes (copyright, trade mark etc) under £5000.


Fees reduced for company registration using approved software and for filing of company annual returns; fees removed for obtaining a company appointments report.

For financial years ending on or after 1 October 2012: more small companies (but not charitable companies) are exempt from statutory audit. Plus some other changes to the company accounting and audit frameworks.

Community interest companies

Community interest company directors must file a CIC report regardless of any filing exemptions for directors of other (non-CIC) companies.


The provision allowing specified religious bodies with annual income over £100,000 to remain excepted from having to register with the Charity Commission is extended from 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2014.


End of VAT zero rating on alterations to protected buildings.

Changes to listed places of worship grant scheme to cover VAT on alterations to listed places of worship.


Age discrimination in provision of services, goods, facilities or public functions becomes unlawful, except in relation to under-18s or where an exception is allowed.

Information and advice about discrimination and human rights is to be provided by the new Equality Advisory and Support Service, replacing the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

What is volunteering?

So many citizens volunteer on a regular basis for no other reason than that it matters. Will the new Olympics and Paralympics volunteers go on to that sort of volunteering? Will the government set up yet another agency to foster the post-Olympic volunteering legacy? They don’t understand volunteering and if they’ve got the cash to splash, they should shower it on existing organisations such the hundreds of local volunteer centres, many of which have had to shrink or close. Volunteer Centres understand what volunteering is. That should be the Olympic volunteering legacy. Go to,10EJW,N92UE,32TTS,1

How higher education can advance social mobility.

This report looks at what universities need to do to address the social inequalities in who gets into university and what Government needs to do to reduce the risks that its higher education policies pose to its social mobility strategy. Go to

Good governance – hard evidence

This new, comprehensive report identifies the key drivers of effective governance. Leading governance consultants, Compass Partnership, working with the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School , have surveyed over 200 of the country’s largest charities to generate this evidence.  Go to,10EJW,N92UE,32TTJ,1

Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – Secondary Legislation before Parliament

The CIO is a new legal structure designed specifically and only for charities. It offers the benefits of limited liability making it easier to recruit and retain trustees, and legal personality making it easier to hold property and enter contracts. However unlike the current incorporated option of the company structure, CIOs will be solely registered with and regulated by the Charity Commission, meaning a reduction in regulation for charities that want the benefits of incorporation. The CIO will add to the range of legal structures which charities can choose to adopt, and is expected to be a popular legal structure, particularly for small to medium sized charities.

Two affirmative draft statutory instruments have been laid in Parliament along with explanatory memoranda:

An impact assessment is also available below.

A third statutory instrument will also be required to complete the package: the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (General) Regulations 2012.  This cannot be laid in Parliament until the first SIs have been approved, however to inform debate and help people prepare for implementation, a draft copy of these regulations is available below. Subject to Parliamentary approval of the statutory instruments, the first applications to set up CIOs could be made by the end of this year.

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP has made a Written Ministerial Statement setting out the proposed timetable for implementation of the CIO (subject to Parliamentary approval of the draft Statutory Instruments).

The Charity Commission website provides guidance on setting up a CIO, including model constitutions for CIOs.

To help people understand how the Insolvency Act 1986 will apply to CIOs by virtue of the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) Regulations, we have prepared an informal version of the modified Insolvency Act as it will apply to CIOs. This is available to download below. It is provided “as is”, for information only, and we cannot guarantee its accuracy.