Judge to consider trans charity’s appeal to strip LGB Alliance of legal status – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2022 in appeals, charities, Charity Commission, gender, homosexuality, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘A judge will consider an appeal by the trans rights charity Mermaids on Friday against the Charity Commission’s decision to award charitable status to the new gay rights organisation LGB Alliance. It is understood to be the first time one charity has attempted to strip legal status from another.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2022

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Rwanda flight migrants include torture victims, say doctors – BBC News

‘A detailed clinical review of the backgrounds of asylum seekers likely to be sent to Rwanda has found many may have been tortured.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2022

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Conservationists seek judicial review of UK sewage discharge plan – The Guardian

‘The UK government’s plan to cut millions of hours of raw sewage discharges by water companies each year is facing a judicial review on the grounds that it is unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2022

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Fiduciaries and the power of investment: when is an ethical investment not an investment? – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted August 16th, 2022 in charities, environmental protection, fiduciary duty, news, trusts by sally

‘The universe of socially responsible or “ethical” investments has been expanding exponentially in recent years.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 18th July 2022

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Charity Commission opens compliance case into donor to the Prince’s Trust – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2022 in charities, Charity Commission, loans, news, royal family by tracey

‘The Charity Commission has opened a compliance case into one of the key donors to Prince Charles’s charity after it emerged it had been funded by unsecured loans.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2022

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Facial recognition cameras in UK retail chain challenged by privacy group – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2022 in charities, complaints, facial mapping, news, privacy by sally

‘Shoppers at a grocery store chain across southern England are being surveilled with facial recognition cameras, prompting a legal complaint by civil rights campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2022

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Extra support for thousands navigating the legal system – Ministry of Justice

‘Thousands more vulnerable people will have help navigating civil and family legal issues thanks to increased government investment in legal support.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th July 2022

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Warning of ‘tsunami of online child abuse’ as figures show grooming cases rise – The Independent

‘A “tsunami” of online child abuse is taking place in the UK, the NSPCC has said as it published data showing a more than 80% rise in online grooming crimes being recorded by police over the last four years.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2022

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Serious incidents more common in for-profit children’s homes in England – The Guardian

‘Serious incidents involving the police and whistleblowing complaints are more common in private children’s homes run to make a profit than in homes run by charities and councils, data suggests.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2022

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Digital fingerprints of a million child abuse images made – BBC News

‘Digital fingerprints of a million images of child sexual abuse have been created, the Internet Watch Foundation has said. The UK charity, which is responsible for finding and removing such material online, said the fingerprints, known as hashes, would help companies and police find copies of the images.’

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BBC News, 6th June 2022

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Charitable trusts environmental investment ruling could have wider repercussions – OUT-LAW.com

‘A decision by the High Court of England and Wales to allow the trustees of two charitable trusts to exclude investments on the grounds that they conflict with their environmental values could have wider impacts for other organisations involved in investment activity, according to two legal experts.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th May 2022

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Trustee investment policy: Butler-Sloss & Ors – Law & Religion UK

Posted May 3rd, 2022 in charities, Charity Commission, environmental protection, news, trusts by sally

‘In Butler-Sloss & Ors v The Charity Commission for England and Wales & Anor [2022] EWHC 974 (Ch), the trustees of two charities – the Ashden Trust and the Mark Leonard Trust, whose principal purposes were environmental protection and improvement and the relief of poverty ­– sought clarification on whether they could adopt an investment policy that excluded many profitable potential investments which they considered would conflict with their charitable purposes.’

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Law & Religion UK, 2nd May 2022

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UK businesses should be aware of a growing trend of climate change-based litigation according to one expert, after environmental law charity ClientEarth announced legal action against Shell – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 22nd, 2022 in charities, climate change, company directors, derivative claims, energy, news by tracey

‘UK businesses should be aware of a growing trend of climate change-based litigation according to one expert, after environmental law charity ClientEarth announced legal action against Shell.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th March 2022

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Former Radio 1 DJ Mark Page jailed over Philippines child sexual offences – The Guardian

‘A former BBC Radio 1 DJ has been jailed for 12 years for arranging to sexually abuse vulnerable children in the Philippines.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2022

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High Court gives permission for legal challenge to Net Zero and Heat and Buildings Strategies – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 8th, 2022 in charities, climate change, environmental protection, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Three campaign groups – Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth and the Good Law Project – have been given permission to bring a legal challenge in the High Court over the Government’s Net Zero and Heat and Buildings Strategies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th March 2022

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 4th, 2022 in charities, legislation by tracey

2022 c. 6 – Charities Act 2022

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R(ZLL) v SSHCLG: Everyone In a “call to action” not a policy – Nearly Legal

‘In this case, Fordham J scrutinised the nature of “Everyone In” and analysed whether it was a “policy”, such as to impose public law duties on the Secretary of State on its curtailment. The judgment (2022) EWHC 85 (Admin) contains a detailed discussion of the ingredients that make a policy, and a pithy take on when the need to consult stakeholders arises. The judge finds that Everyone In cannot properly be described as prescriptive policy guidance, but can safely be described as “an initiative”, so the Secretary of State was not bound by the constraints on changing policy. Judgment was given under the old Departmental name, since changed to the snappy Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The two interested parties, Camden LB Council and Shelter, did not appear.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th January 2022

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‘I’m so afraid’: Child refugees forced to share rooms with adults after being wrongly deemed over 18 – The Independent

‘Child refugees are being forced to share rooms and even beds with adults they do not know as increasing numbers are incorrectly placed in accommodation meant for over-18s by the government, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 16th January 2022

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Police need to be trained not to discriminate against black families in missing person cases, say experts – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2022 in charities, equality, families, missing persons, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘Police forces responding to reports of missing people should implement training to address racial discrimination, a groundbreaking report has recommended. Missing People, a UK charity supporting missing people and their families, has released new guidance in response to disclosures of bias faced by families when reporting their loved one missing to the police, based upon months of research into disparities around the matter.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2022

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Campaigners threaten UK legal action over porn sites’ lack of age verification – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2021 in bills, charities, children, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘The UK data watchdog must introduce age verification for commercial pornography sites or face a high court challenge over any failure to act, children’s safety groups have warned.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2021

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