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1 July 2022 What changing government policy means for faith academies

The much-anticipated Schools Bill has finally been published and a significant section of it deals specifically with putting into legislation certain protections and guarantees historically granted to the faith academies sector.

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24 May 2022 Schools with a religious character

Whilst mainly an attempt to put the rules governing academies into an Act (rather than in piecemeal funding agreements and Articles of Association that vary from academy to academy), some provisions within Part 1 of the new Bill will be of interest to Catholic academies.

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8 April 2019 Articles of Association Services for Catholic MATs

After several years of negotiation the Department for Education (DfE) has released new precedent Articles of Association for Catholic multi-academy trusts (MATs).

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5 April 2019 Changes to small trading exemption for charities comes into force

On 5th April 2019 the latest changes to the small trading exemption for charitable companies and CIOs came into force; the same changes came into force for unincorporated charities on 1st April 2019.

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2 April 2019 New financial rules for church Academy Trusts come into force

For some time the Academies Financial Handbook has restricted Academy Trusts in how much they could pay for goods or services purchased from a 'related party' i.e. a person or organisation closely linked to the Academy Trust.

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Legal update

22 August 2018 Information on the EU Settlement Scheme

We summarise the key points in the Government's EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit, which may be useful to share with any EU citizen employees, line managers and leaders in your organisation.

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22 August 2018 Recent court case confirms charitable duties of members of a charity

The judgment raises interesting questions about whether, if they have fiduciary duties, members could be considered to be in breach of them and whether academy trust should have policies about avoiding potential breaches of duty by members.

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10 July 2017 Contentious comments on day FPS goes live

There was tough talking this week from Sir Stuart Etherington, the Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, who recommended “naming and shaming” those charities who refused (or didn’t respond) to requests to contribute to the Fundraising Regulator’s work.

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3 July 2017 'Stronger charities': a call for skilled trustees

In its report released in March 2017, the House of Lords Select Committee outlined key areas of improvement for the charity sector in a bid to increase public confidence.

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15 March 2017 Supreme Court win for charities in Ilott v Blue Cross case

The Supreme Court has today found in favour of various charities in the long-running Ilott v Blue Cross case which focused on the tension between legislation and the freedom of a person to make the will they want.

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