Charities Bill included in Queen’s speech

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 23 November 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington welcomed the announcement: “NCVO looks forward to a new Charities Act by 2005 that will clarify what it means to be a charitable organisation and will clearly define the role of the sector’s regulator,” he said.Simon Hebditch, Executive Director External Affairs at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), said: “CAF is glad that the Government has committed itself to modernising charity law in the next session of Parliament. It is high time that many activities should be recognised as charitable – the promotion of human rights being a prime example.”He added: “The Government is expecting charities themselves to create a robust self-regulation system for dealing with complaints about some fundraising techniques and methods so that it doesn’t have to impose new rules itself. CAF applauds that approach and is currently chairing a group drawing up proposals to establish new complaints machinery for donors.”Shirley Scott, chief executive of Charity Finance Directors Group, said: “We are pleased that the Government have recognised the huge importance of charities, and the need for regulatory reform, by announcing the Bill in the Queen’s speech.”The Institute of Fundraising’s Chief Executive Lindsay Boswell said the sector would breathe a “sigh of relief” now that the bill has been included. The Charities Bill has been included in the Queen’s speech to Parliament. This long-awaited opportunity to reform charity law has been widely welcomed by sector organisations.Introducing this parliament’s programme of legislation, the Queen said: “My Government believes that the voluntary sector is a great strength of this country. Charity law will be modernised so that a vibrant, diverse and independent charitable sector can continue to flourish with public confidence.”Her speech also included details of legislation on the distribution of lottery money and the statutory framework for the Big Lottery Fund. Advertisement  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities Bill included in Queen’s speechlast_img read more