Unlock, a leading independent charity for people with convictions, has today published guidance to help charities, as well as those involved in them, understand and prepare for changes to charity rules and its impact on people with criminal records. From 1st August 2018, changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules mean that there will be more

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Changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules that affect who can run a charity, and particularly people with criminal records, will come into force on 1st August 2018. The current rules only apply to trustees. People with unspent convictions for certain offences, including dishonesty and deception offences, need to be granted a waiver from the Charity

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Later this year, the automatic disqualification rules will be extended to cover even more criminal convictions. The new laws will automatically disqualify people with a wide range of criminal convictions from being charity trustees or senior managers. Those affected will have to resign or apply to the Charity Commission for waivers. In this Third Sector

Today Civil Society has published a piece on the extensions to rules disqualifying trustees and senior managers as a result of criminal convictions. A Charity Commission spokesperson is quoted in the article, stating that: “these changes will have significant impact on some individuals and we have always been clear that charities and affected individuals must have enough

People with convictions play an important role in many charities, particularly those working in the criminal justice sector. Becoming a trustee or leading a charity as part of the senior management team are important roles that people with convictions should be encouraged to take on, and we know it can provide people with a positive

In 2017 we expect the new disqualification powers under the 2016 Charities Act to start. These powers allow the Charity Commission to disqualify people (i.e. prevent them) from holding senior management positions, or from being a trustee of a charity, if they have certain criminal convictions – and a new waiver application process. Unlock, Clinks

We have today published our response to the Charity Commission’s consultation on power to disqualify from acting as a trustee Background In May 2016, the Charity Commission launched a consultation on power to disqualify from acting as a trustee. Download: Submission: Unlock’s response to Charity Commission consultation on power to disqualify from acting as a trustee More

The Cabinet Office has published a timetable for implementation of the Charities Act 2016, which received Royal Assent on the 16th May 2016. The relevant section that impacts on people with criminal records will come into force on 1st April 2017. We’re working with the Charity Commission and there’ll be more news in the coming

              On the 16th March, the Charities Bill received Royal Assent. Following on from concerns raised by Sir Edward Garnier in January, we’re pleased to see that: The Government has delayed the introduction of the changes to a minimum of 12 months (which is up from potentially only 6

              On the 26th January, the Charities Bill was discussed again in Parliament. Sir Edward Garnier MP, a patron of Unlock and a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust, raised a number of the concerns that we’ve been highlighting. He also discussed an amendment that he put forward. There are some

  On the 6th January, the House of Commons Public Bill Committee discussed the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill. This was when the Committee got to look at Clause 10 of the Bill, which relates to the issues we’ve raised that will have an impact on people with convictions. It was positive to see

Building on our call for our supporters to submit evidence to the Public Bill Committee on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill, today we’ve published the submission we made in partnership with Clinks and Prison Reform Trust. Download: Submission by Unlock, Clinks and PRT

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