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

The Charities Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, will have a significant impact on both people with criminal records and those charities that employ them as senior managers and have them as trustees. Now the Bill has reached committee stage, it’s now time to make sure that MP’s looking closely at the Bill are

Charities working with offenders say tougher disqualification rules are a ‘direct threat’ to their mission, and could see 50,000 people automatically banned from being trustees. Unlock comments in this Third Sector article, click here to read it in full.

Today, we have published a briefing that we’ve produced in advance of a debate in the House of Commons this coming Thursday, 3rd December, when the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill is due its Second Reading. The concerns raised in this briefing focus on issues relating to criminal records, and represent the views of

Today the Government has responded to the Joint Committee report on changes to the disqualification of trustee – their response can be downloaded here.

Update – “In its report published today, the Joint Committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill backs proposals to give the Charity Commission more powers to ensure effective regulation of the charity sector. However the Committee is clear that effective safeguards must be in place to ensure charities and their trustees are treated fairly by

Yesterday our Director of Services, Christopher Stacey, gave evidence to the Joint Committee on the Protection of Charities Bill. You can watch the evidence below (the session Unlock takes part in starts from 15.15), or you can follow this link to watch it on the Parliament TV site. Update (January 2015) – Following the oral evidence, we

We recently met with the Charity Commission, where we discussed a number of areas of concern as part of work to enable people with unspent convictions to become trustees of charities. In particular, we discussed an issue that we raised in our report of February this year relating to a charities’ governing documents, and how the

Last week, the Government published their Draft Protection of Charities Bill, following the consultation they held earlier this year. This paper sets out the Governments plans. We’re continuing to raise a number of issues that we addressed in our consultation response, in relation to how people with convictions are treated.

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