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Welcome to the February 2014 edition of the Stone King Charity Spotlight. This monthly e-newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news from the Charity sector and helps you find out about upcoming workshops and seminars!

This edition focuses on: • Charities and Lobbying – what you need to know • Stone King responds to consultation on extending Charity Commission’s powers • Auto-enrolment – are you ready? • Registration of charities in Northern Ireland • Collateral warranties on construction projects • Are your information handling policies and procedures up to scratch? • Health & Safety – prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure • Client Focus: The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Charities and Lobbying – what you need to know The “Lobbying Bill” finished its tortuous journey through Parliament to become an Act on the 30th January. Highly criticised for both the speed of its introduction and the unintended consequences for the charity sector, the Act places various obligations and restrictions on any organisation which intends to campaign in the run up to an election, where the campaign could be seen to be supportive of a particular party or candidate. Vicki Bowles looks at the new law, and how it might apply to your organisation. Read more

Stone King responds to consultation on extending Charity Commission’s powers The Cabinet Office’s consultation on extending the Charity Commission’s powers to tackle abuse in charities closed last week. As one of the leading charity practices in the UK, Stone King submitted a response to the consultation which can be viewed here

Auto-enrolment – are you ready? In 2008 the Government introduced a requirement for every employer, including charities and not-for-profit organisations, to enrol all eligible workers into a pension scheme and to make contributions towards it. Jean Boyle looks at auto-enrolment and how it will affect your organisation. Read more

Registration of charities in Northern Ireland The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 created the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (“CCNI”). Previously, charities in Northern Ireland had been able to register with HMRC for tax relief, but did not have a regulator. CCNI’s main role is to register and


regulate the estimated 7,000-10,000 charities working within Northern Ireland. Compulsory registration began in December 2013 and charities are being called forward in tranches. Registration is expected to take three to four years to complete. Joanna Lake looks at the registration process in more detail. Read more

Collateral warranties on construction projects In a recent landmark case, the Technology and Construction Court decided a collateral warranty can be a “construction contract” for the purposes of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (“HGCRA”). But what does that mean for you and your building works? Jack Farrar considers the decision. Read more

Are your information handling policies and procedures up to scratch? Good information handling provides a range of benefits as well as helping you to comply with the legal requirements set out in the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts. Read more

Health & Safety – prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure Ensure your continued Health & Safety compliance with our free review offer here.

Client Focus: The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is the UK’s leading independent microeconomic research institute. We aim to promote effective economic and social policies and assess their impact on individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances – in the UK and overseas. Read more

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Upcoming Events 11.03.14 - Charity Workshop in London: Trustee Training for Charities Working with Women and Girls 25.03.14 - Social Finance – a solution to a problem? Click here to see all our upcoming events

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