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Policy Bulletin August 2018

New Rules on automatic disqualification of trustees

As of 01 August, the rules on who is barred from becoming charity trustees, chief executives or finance directors have been broadened to include those with criminal records for sex offences, terrorism and money laundering. Those who are barred from trusteeship will also be disqualified from senior staff posts unless exceptional permission is obtained. Find the Charity Commission rules here.

You can find out more about regulations for trustees through the governance section of the Irish in Britain online resources.

New Report from the Traveller Movement

The Traveller Movement has recently released a report titled ‘Policing by consent: Understanding and improving relations between Gypsies, Roma, Irish Travellers and the police.’ The report sheds light on police understanding and attitudes towards the GRT community and the resources different forces employ.

New volunteering data

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has released the findings from their Community Life Survey, which provides the most reliable data on volunteer rates in England. NCVO have compiled some of the most interesting findings from the survey and provide a snapshot of the voluntary sector in the UK here.

Factors the public associate with trustworthy charities

The Charity Commission has published the results of a new study on the factors the public associate with trustworthiness in charities. The results found that demonstrating high standards of conduct and behaviour is as important to trustworthiness as making a significant impact in the charity’s cause. The study also found that transparency about how money is spent is the factor most strongly associated with trustworthiness.

Areas with lower charity spending were more likely to vote for Brexit

An analytical paper titled Patchwork Philanthropy: Philanthropic & public spending blindspots and the Brexit vote, from the Young foundation, has found that areas in England with lower charitable spending were more likely to vote in favour of leaving the EU. The analysis found a similar correlation for trusts and foundation funding. However, the report was careful to note that this correlation does not necessarily imply causation.

Impact practice

Sini Rinn–Kerridge a senior consultant at NCVO outlines what you can do to help those around you embrace impact practice. As Rinn–Kerridge points out, effective impact practice is essential to gather the evidence that you need to convince funders, employees, volunteers and anyone else of the value of your work.  It can also prevent you from missing something big about your impact. This article provides some advice on communicating that to different people and getting them involved in your impact practice.

See Irish in Britain resources on monitoring and evaluation to learn more about effective impact practice.

Code of ethics – NCVO

The NCVO is currently developing a code of ethics for the charity sector and is now looking for feedback on their first draft. The purpose of the code is to provide a framework for charities to review their own policies and practice and encourage them to explore potential changes or updates. You can read the draft and provide your feedback here.

Limits of social impact bonds

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have released a new report on the role of social impact bonds titled “Social Impact Bonds have a role but are no panacea for public service reform.” As the name of the article suggests, they found that SIBs are not a cure–all for the public sector and are generally only valuable in certain areas. The report argues that SIBs are best used in circumstances where outcomes are “uncontroversial, easily attributable to the actions of the provider and easily measured.”

Insights into improving services and building stronger communities

A Better Way has compiled a collection of stories, ideas and case studies into “Insights for A Better Way: improving services and building strong communities.” This collection of articles intends to “light the way” towards a new future for communities and public services and includes innovative and radical ideas from prominent civil society actors.