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The legal update website is not currently maintained and articles should not be relied upon. However, to receive current legal updates by email, click
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The update emails provide information of a general nature for governing body members and staff of voluntary organisations about recent and forthcoming legal changes.
The legal update website for voluntary organisations, when it was maintained, was on five pages. These are still online, but some articles may be out of date. In due course the legal update website will all be transferred to archive pages at VSLH Archive
The information and commentary on this website cover the law applicable to England, and may not apply in Wales, Northern Ireland and/or Scotland. It is provided free of charge for information purposes only, and is not a full or definitive statement of the law. Reasonable efforts are made to keep the information and commentary accurate and up to date, but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by Sandy Adirondack. Each item clearly indicates when it was most recently updated.
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SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND HELP
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations' financial management website includes briefings and guidance on financial matters, as well as model policies and procedures. It can be accessed via tinyurl.com/y8emr5p. Other NCVO briefings, for example on trustee roles, employment matters etc, are accessible from www.ncvo.org.uk.
To contact the Charity Commission, start at forms.charitycommission.gov.uk/contact-us. You used to be able to keep clicking on "Make a general enquiry" and eventually get to a helpline number, but the Commission is now so under-resourced that the only options are to use an online form or write to them by post.
The HM Revenue and Customs contact page for charities and community amateur sports clubs can be accessed via tinyurl.com/nh7ba2b. Their helpline is 0300 123 1073.
The Charity Finance Group at www.cfg.org.uk covers finance, IT and human resources and provides, in the resources section, practical working documents which are used by charities, as well as professional guidance and advice provided by experts.
The Advice Services Alliance's Advicenow at www.advicenow.org.uk provides legal information about a wide range of topics. It is intended to be complementary to Civil Legal Advice, a service for individuals who are eligible for legal aid, at www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice or claonlineadvice.justice.gov.uk (tel 0845 345 4345).
Employment-related information and advice is available from several sources, including the Gov.uk website, ACAS and the Trades Union Congress. For details see www.sandy-a.co.uk/employment.htm#employment-resources.
The national ProHelp network includes firms of solicitors, accountants, architects, consulting engineers and surveyors, public relations and marketing agencies, and management and information technology consultants who provide free advice and support to charities and community groups. Details are at www.prohelp.org.uk.
Professionals4free, a website to help voluntary organisations find out how to access free professional help, is run by Business Community Connections, Business in the Community, TimeBank and NCVO and is at www.professionals4free.org.uk.
LawWorks (www.lawworks.org.uk) is a charity which offers free legal advice and guidance to small charities, not for profit, voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in England and Wales. This includes free legal advice on a wide range of legal issues; an online service providing initial advice in response to general legal queries; a small number of legal advice clinics; and factsheets and videos on a range of topics. It also provides a mediation service. It is run by the Solicitors Pro Bono Group, www.probonogroup.org.uk/.
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