Kids Company: MPs say ‘catalogue of failures’ led to collapse – BBC News

‘The collapse of the Kids Company charity was a result of an “extraordinary catalogue of failures”, a committee of MPs has said.’

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BBC News, 1st February 2016

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Investigation into sexual abuse at Kids Company dropped due to lack of evidence – Daily Telegaph

Posted January 29th, 2016 in charities, child abuse, evidence, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘An investigation into reports of physical and sexual abuse linked to Kids Company has been dropped after police found no evidence to “justify a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2016

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Dementia charity warned to take action over data protection failings – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2016 in charities, data protection, mental health, news by tracey

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered The Alzheimer’s Society to take action or risk prosecution after finding serious failings in the way volunteers handled data about people who used the charity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2016

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RSPCA ‘reserves right’ to prosecute hunt cases despite controversy – Daily Telegraph

‘Changes to the animal protection charity’s prosecution policy will not mean a final end to cases brought against members of fox hunts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th December 2015

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Stopping jailed fathers seeing their children is a political gimmick – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2015 in charities, children, families, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘Prisons should nurture family relationships, but the government’s IEP scheme makes it difficult for male prisoners to maintain contact. It must be changed.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2015

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Girl contacted ChildLine with ‘chilling’ prediction of rape about to take place – The Independent

Posted November 23rd, 2015 in charities, child abuse, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A young girl contacted ChildLine with a “cry from the heart” hours before she was raped – predicting in detail the attack that was about to take place.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2015

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Pro bono charity reports surge in volunteer lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 12th, 2015 in charities, law centres, news, pro bono work, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Qualified solicitors and barristers made up more than three-quarters of a surge in volunteer lawyers last year, according to pro bono charity LawWorks’ latest annual report.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2015

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No appetite for scrapping Human Rights Act, says Amnesty – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2015 in charities, human rights, Ministry of Justice, news, precedent, statistics by sally

‘Only one in 10 people in Britain believe that scrapping the Human Rights Act should be a major government priority, according to an opinion poll conducted by Amnesty International.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2015

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Rise in mental health detentions shows ‘services are struggling’ – The Guardian

‘Mental health campaigners have expressed concern that detentions under the Mental Health Act have risen by almost 10% in England in the past year.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2015

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Human rights group challenges Government’s change to ministerial code – Daily Telegraph

‘Rights Watch UK describes the Government’s bid to the change the code – which sets out standards expected from ministers – to disregard international law was ‘seriously concerning’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th October 2015

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Cat lovers Dean and Diane Webb to sue RSPCA over loss of their animals – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2015 in animal cruelty, animals, charities, news, time limits by sally

‘A couple who received death threats and left the country after being accused of cruelty to their cats are to sue the RSPCA for damages over killing their animals, a High Court ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2015

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Charities can fund controversial pressure group Cage, court finds – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2015 in charities, news, terrorism by sally

‘The Charity Commission has been forced to reverse its public position that charities could never again fund Cage, a group that campaigns for communities affected by the war on terror, after a hearing in the high court.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2015

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Criticism of JR process ‘unfounded’, legal charity claims – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Perceptions that judicial review is an ineffective drain on the public purse and frequently abused by claimants are ‘at best misleading and at worst false’, according to a legal charity’s study of 502 cases.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th October 2015

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Charity Commission and terrorism suspect campaigners Cage in high court – The Guardian

‘The right to fund unpopular causes is at the heart of a key case heard in the high court on Wednesday, in a legal battle that pits controversial campaigners Cage against the charity regulator.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2015

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Bridge players lose legal fight to classify card game as ‘mind sport’ – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in charities, news, sport by sally

‘The players laid out their best hands, but in the end there was only one winner. Bridge is not a sport eligible for lottery funding, the high court has ruled, after players of the card game lost a legal challenge to have it designated a “mind sport”.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

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Charity and Political Lobbying – Cloisters

Posted October 7th, 2015 in charities, elections, lobbying, news by sally

‘In England and Wales an organisation must satisfy the definition of charity under the Charities Act 2011 and must be established for charitable purposes only and subject to the control of the High Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction with respect to charities. There is a list of charitable purposes, which include matters such as the promotion of human rights, but it includes any purposes that may reasonably be regarded as analogous to, or within the spirit of, any of the purposes expressly set out in the Act. All charitable purposes must be for the public benefit.’

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Cloisters, 28th September 2015

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When one charity sues another – NOCN v Open College Network Credit4Learning – NIPC Law

Posted October 6th, 2015 in charities, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘An open college network is a regional organization that accredits adult education courses offered by educational institutions and employers. The claimant was established to coordinate some of those organizations.’

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NIPC Law, 4th October 2015

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Schoolgirls need protection from forced marriage, Ofsted warned – The Guardian

‘The founder of a charity that offers helplines and refuge to women escaping from forced marriages has called on Ofsted inspectors to focus on the issue when visiting schools where girls may be at risk.’

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The Guardian, 26th September 2015

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Charities should face fundraising ban if they harass donors – report – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in charities, data protection, financial regulation, harassment, news, penalties by sally

‘Charities that harass or abuse donors should be named and shamed, and in some cases banned from approaching the public for money, a government-commissioned review of fundraising has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2015

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Demand for free help almost doubles since cuts to legal aid – The Guardian

‘The number of applications for legal assistance received by the Bar Pro Bono Unit has almost doubled over the past three years since widespread cuts to civil legal aid were introduced.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2015

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