Taking the Queen’s Shilling: the implications for religious freedom of religions being registered as charities – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 24th, 2017 in charities, human rights, news by sally

‘There have been concerns recently about whether religions might have religious doctrines and practices challenged if they are registered as charities. This article looks at possible grounds to challenge the Charity Commission, including the common law principles of non-justiciability, charity law (the definition of religion and public benefit) and human rights.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st March 2017

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Ilott -v- Mitson: Claims by adult children contesting wills – the law is unsatisfactory – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in benefits, charities, financial provision, news, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘At long last the saga has reached a conclusion. The Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Ilott (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others (Appellants) [2017] UKSC 17 on 15 March, a case having its roots in the death of the late Mrs Jackson (Mrs Ilott’s mother) some 13 years ago.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th March 2017

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Greedy treasurer jailed for selling sea rescue charity’s lifeboat on eBay – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2017 in abuse of position of trust, charities, false accounting, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “greedy” treasurer sank her own sea rescue charity after selling its lifeboat on eBay.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2017

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Animal charities benefit after woman loses out on £160,000 from her mother’s will – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2017 in appeals, charities, families, news, Supreme Court, wills by tracey

‘A woman has been left “very disappointed” after seven Supreme Court justices dramatically reduced a figure of more than £160,000 awarded to her by the Court of Appeal out of her estranged mother’s will.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2017

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Supreme Court to rule on case of daughter left out of mother’s £160k will in favour of animal charities – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2017 in appeals, charities, news, Supreme Court, wills by tracey

‘A six-figure award to a woman who was left out of her estranged mother’s will is at the centre of a ruling by the UK’s highest court today.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2017

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Greggs bakery heir Colin Gregg convicted of abusing boys – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2017 in assault, charities, child abuse, news, retrials, sexual offences, teachers by sally

‘The heir to the Greggs bakery chain has been convicted of a string of sex offences against boys.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2017

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Child sex abuse inquiry public hearings to start – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2017 in charities, child abuse, children, Christianity, immigration, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales is to hold its first public hearings later.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2017

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Watts v Stewart – leases and licences revisited – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in charities, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, licensing, news, repossession by sally

‘On 29th September 2004 the Trustees of the Ashtead United Charity allocated Mrs Janet Watts accommodation in an almshouse, in fact one of 14 residential flats the Charity owned at Ashstead in Surrey. In May 2015 they issued proceedings for possession based on the allegations that Mrs Watts had acted in an anti-social manner, swearing, spitting, and aggression. This was a breach of the terms of the Appointments Letter under which she was allocated the property. At the first directions hearing the District Judge ordered a trial of the issue of whether Mrs Watts occupied as a licensee of the Charity or a tenant. If the former of course it would be relatively easy for the Charity to evict her; if the latter, much less so.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 18th January 2017

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Campaigners call six-month jail terms for animal abusers ‘laughable’ when fly-tippers get five years – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 20th, 2017 in animal cruelty, bills, charities, news, sentencing by sally

‘Animal cruelty should carry a five year maximum jail sentence, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says as it complains you get longer for fly-tipping.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th February 2016

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Ministers put RSPCA on ‘probation’ for two years over prosecutions policy – Daily Telegraph

‘Ministers have put the RSPCA on “probation” for the next two years over its controversial prosecutions policy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2017

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Prisons need ‘profound culture change’, charities say – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2017 in charities, mental health, news, prisons, reports, statistics, suicide by sally

‘Prisons in England and Wales need a “profound culture change” which focuses on inmate safety, a new report says.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2017

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UK foreign aid fraud investigations ‘quadruple in last five years’ – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in bribery, charities, foreign jurisdictions, fraud, news, reports by sally

‘Fraud investigations involving foreign aid have quadrupled over five years as more public money is given to “fragile” countries, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

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RSPCA will keep powers to prosecute animal abusers, Government rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2017 in animal cruelty, charities, news, private prosecutions, sentencing by sally

‘The RSPCA will be allowed to continue animal cruelty prosecutions, a report published today has revealed, as MPs’ calls for the charity to be stripped of its powers have been ignored by the Government.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2017

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Claims of child-on-child sexual offences soar in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Allegations of children committing sexual offences against other children have risen 78% in England and Wales in four years, prompting renewed calls for compulsory education on sexual consent and healthy relationships.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2017

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in banking, charities, children, legislation by tracey

Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017

Savings (Government Contributions) Act 2017

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Jehovah’s Witnesses charity drops attempts to block abuse inquiry – The Guardian

‘he UK’s main Jehovah’s Witnesses charity has dropped efforts to block an investigation into how it handled allegations of sexual abuse, including of children, after a legal fight lasting more than two years.’

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The Guardian, 2r3d January 2017

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 17th, 2017 in banking, charities, legislation by tracey

Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017

Savings (Government Contributions) Act 2017

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Chief druid wins right to take English Heritage to court over Stonehenge parking charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 11th, 2017 in charities, human rights, news, parking by sally

‘A senior druid has won the right to take a charity to court over “pay-to-pray” parking charges for the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, claiming it should be free.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th January 2017

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Almshouses, tenancies and Article 14 – Nearly Legal

Posted January 4th, 2017 in appeals, charities, human rights, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘This post is my Christmas gift to land law students everywhere in the UK. It is a discussion of the very important Court of Appeal decision in Watts v Stewart [2016] EWCA Civ 1247, which concerned whether charitable providers of accommodation (in this case, almshouses, but, in principle, the issue in the case is broader) are exceptions to the Street v Mountford mantra that exclusive possession for a fixed term at a rent = tenancy.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th December 2016

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Watchdogs release damning reports on Marie Stopes abortion clinics – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2016 in abortion, charities, consent, health, learning difficulties, news, reports by tracey

‘Staff at Britain’s biggest abortion provider tried to give a vulnerable woman a termination even though she did not understand what was going on, a damning report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2016

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