Charities

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on charities. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
05.11.2014Draft Protection of Charities Bill
The Charity Commission's powers and its role in regulating charities have come under increased scrutiny with some high profile cases and the publication of a number of recent reports. There has been particular criticism of the compliance and enforcement work of the Charity Commission, including its perceived reluctance to use the powers available, its perceived lack of focus on dealing with serious wrongdoing, and its use of its reduced resources. The powers and performance of the Charity Commission have also been considered in the context of combatting extremism and tax avoidance.
16.10.2014Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Progress of the Bill
This is a note on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (the Bill). It complements Library Research Paper 14/38 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
18.02.2014Campaigners and Part 2 of Transparency of Lobbying etc Act 2014
Campaigners and charities were concerned about the new provisions in part 2 of the Transparency of Lobbying Bill during its passage. This Note sets out the main changes which will affect them in the run-up to the general election of May 2015.
29.01.2014Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Lords amendments
An update on the amendments to the Bill during its passage through the House of Lords.
12.12.2013Interpal
The UK charity collects money for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and in Lebanon and Jordan. It has been the subject of controversy because of allegations that money distributed by it has gone to promote terrorism. After some delays it has been cleared by the Charity Commission, but it is still a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organisation, on the US Treasury's list.

Research Papers

DateDescription
08.07.2014Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill
The Coalition Agreement included a commitment to encourage volunteering and involvement in social action. The Government intends that the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill will help to fulfil this commitment by reassuring volunteers (and others) that the courts will consider the context of their actions in the event that they are sued for negligence or breach of statutory duty.
20.11.2012Small Charitable Donations Bill : Committee Stage Report
The Small Charitable Donations Bill introduces the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS).
02.11.2012Trusts (Capital and Income) Bill [HL]
The Trusts (Capital and Income) Bill [HL] is based substantially on a draft bill prepared by the Law Commission. It is following the special procedure which applies to Law Commission bills. The Bill deals with technical and complex matters relating to trust law where trustees have to distinguish between capital and income in their management of the trust property. It is supported by the Opposition and by professional groups.
14.08.2012Small Charitable Donations Bill
The Small Charitable Donations Bill introduces the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) which was announced at Budget 2011.
15.03.2006The Charities Bill [HL]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
16.01.2012KELLOGGS AND FOODBANK
That this House congratulates Kelloggs for its support of foodbanks around the UK; notes that in 2011, Kelloggs supported foodbanks across the UK with 25 tonnes of food, equating to ...
10.01.2012UNIQUE KIDS
That this House notes that Unique Kids was established as a charity in 2009; further notes that it provides play and social activities for children with disabilities through an after ...
12.12.2011INDEPENDENT COMMISSION FOR THE LOCATION OF VICTIMS' REMAINS
That this House recognises the work of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) and the closure it brings to many families whose relatives have been recovered; ...
09.11.2011BRIGHTON-BASED CHARITY RHYTHMIX AND THE X FACTOR
That this House notes that Rhythmix is the name of a small Brighton-based charity providing music-making opportunities to vulnerable youngsters; welcomes the decision by the entertainment ...
02.11.2011COMPANIONSHIP AT CHRISTMAS
That this House commends the remarkable work of the Companionship at Christmas campaign, run by the charity Abbeyfield, which aims to improve the quality of life for older people by ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
30.10.2014Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (HL Bill 47 of 2014-15)
The Social Responsibility, Action and Heroism Bill (the SARAH Bill) sets out various factors that the court 'must have regard to' in determining the steps a defendant was required to take to meet a standard of care in claims for negligence or breach of statutory duty.
26.11.2010Debate on 2nd December 2010: philanthropy. LLN 2010/029
Debate on 2nd December 2010: philanthropy. House of Lords Library Note 2010/029
01.10.2010Debate on 5 October 2010: The charitable sector and civil society. LLN 2010/020
Debate on 5 October 2010: The charitable sector and civil society. House of Lords Library Note 2010/020

POST Papers

DateDescription
15.07.2014Big Data and Business
POSTnote exploring how big data is being used by UK companies and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses