Scientology and exemption from rates: Church of Scientology v Ricketts (VO) – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 12th, 2023 in apportionment, charities, education, marriage, news, rates by sally

“In The Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc v Ricketts (VO) [2023] UKUT 1 (LC), the issue in the appeal was whether two buildings used by the Church of Scientology in London were exempt from non-domestic rating under the exemption covering places of public religious worship and related church premises. The key to the relevant exemption was that the hereditament concerned had to be, or include “a place of public religious worship”. The Upper Tribunal noted that in R (Hodkin) v Registrar General [2013] UKSC 77, the Supreme Court had ruled that the Scientologists’ London chapel was a place of meeting for religious worship within the meaning of section 2 of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 and should be registered for the solemnisation of marriages under the Marriage Act 1949.”

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Law & Religion UK, 10th January 2023

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Kids Company founder cleared to challenge critical watchdog report in court – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2022 in charities, Charity Commission, children, inquiries, judicial review, news, reports by sally

‘The founder of the former children’s charity Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh, has won permission to go to the high court to try to overturn a charities watchdog report she claims was unbalanced, unfair and unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2022

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Trafficking victim wins landmark victory in Salvation Army data case – The Guardian

‘A victim of county lines trafficking has won a landmark victory in the high court securing new protections against the Salvation Army handing over confidential information to the Home Office.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2022

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Stalking super-complaint launched against police – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2022 in charities, complaints, murder, news, stalking, victims by tracey

‘Campaigners have launched a super-complaint against the police over their approach to stalking. The National Stalking Consortium has claimed officers are failing to identify offenders, properly investigate crimes or protect victims.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2022

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Children being coerced into most severe forms of sexual abuse online – report – The Independent

‘The Internet Watch Foundation says it found nearly 900 instances of the most severe types of child sexual abuse content in just five days.’

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The Independent, 18th November 2022

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Campaigning and political activity by charities: guidance – Law & Religion UK

‘On 7 November, the Charity Commission issued updated guidance for England and Wales on Campaigning and political activity by charities. It follows the passing of the Elections Act 2022, which received Royal Assent on 28 April.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th November 2022

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UK rolling back efforts to tackle modern slavery, charity says – The Guardian

‘The UK has been accused of “rolling back” moves to tackle modern slavery before a UN review of its human rights record on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2022

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Travel and childcare costs ‘stopping domestic abuse victims getting to court’ – The Independent

‘The cost-of-living crisis is increasingly being used as justification for domestic abuse while some victims are unable to afford to get to court to obtain protection, a charity has warned.’

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The Independent, 24th October 2022

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LiP support goes hybrid with 700 law student volunteers – Legal Futures

Posted October 17th, 2022 in charities, litigants in person, news, universities, volunteers by sally

‘The charity that supports litigants in person (LiPs) is launching an expanded university-focused service this autumn, offering a mixture of in-person and online advice.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2022

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Black deaths in UK prisons are among most violent and neglectful, damning report finds – The Independent

‘The deaths of Black and mixed-race people in UK prisons are among the most violent and prevalent, a charity has warned.’

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The Independent, 13th October 2022

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Transgender charity Mermaids under investigation – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2022 in charities, Charity Commission, children, gender, news, transgender persons, young persons by michael

‘Transgender youth support charity Mermaids is under investigation by The Charity Commission over safeguarding concerns.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2022

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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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