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Third Sector Reacts to Civil Society Strategy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport this month published the Civil Society Strategy. The Strategy, the first in fifteen years, details the Government’s vision for how Government can support and develop civil society in the UK to grow and tackle the issues society faces today, such as homelessness, healthy ageing and online safety.The Government defines Civil Society as ‘individuals and organisations when they act with the primary purpose of creating social value, independent of state control. By social value we mean enriched lives and a fairer society for all.’The strategy states that social value comes from communities, and from five foundations of social...

Charity Commission Publishes Research into Public Perceptions of Charity Trustworthiness

The charities regulator, the Charity Commission, has commissioned and published research looking at the factors that the public associate with a trustworthy charity.The report ‘Trust in Charities, 2018’ was commissioned as the Charity Commission has pledged to make charities some of the most trusted institutions in society. At present, the public now trust charities less than the average person on the street.[1]The research, undertaken by the polling company Populus, shows that transparency, being true to their values, and the ability to demonstrate efficiency are three of the most important indicators of trustworthiness in a charity.Populus found that an increased trust in charities indicates that an...

Government partners with charities to make social media safer

The Government has announced plans to make new online safety laws in collaboration with industry, charities and the public[1].The announcement came following the publication of responses to the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper Consultation.[2] As the Government continues to develop the Digital Charter, the responses to the consultation will feed into new initiatives and laws to make digital life a safer place.The consultation asked respondents their views on a number of issues, including: the prospect of introducing a social media code of practice, transparency reporting and a social media levy; technological solutions to online harms; developing children’s digital literacy; support for parents and carers; adults’...

Government publishes £1 billion AI sector deal

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have published the artificial intelligence (AI) sector deal as part of the national Industrial Strategy[1].The sector deal, worth over £1 billion, is the collaborative work of the Government and industry. It has the support of fifty leading technology companies at the forefront of innovation in artificial intelligence. It also comes with nearly £300 million of private investment.AI and data were listed in the Industrial Strategy white paper as one of the four ‘Grand Challenges’ – areas in which the UK can lead the world for years to come....

Baroness Stowell named preferred candidate for Chair of Charity Commission

The Government has announced Baroness Stowell of Beeston as its preferred candidate to become the new Chair of the Charity Commission.Baroness Stowell, a Conservative Peer and the former Leader of the House of Lords, is expected to sit before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for her pre-appointment hearing on 20 February.In a Tweet Baroness Stowell expressed her intention to resign her party membership and the party whip should she be appointed.[1]In 2011 Tina Stowell was created a Life Peer as Baroness Stowell of Beeston, of Beeston in Nottinghamshire.Since her elevation to the peerage, Baroness Stowell has held a number of positions. She...


Charity Commission update

The Charity Commission is yet to appoint the replacement of the outgoing Chair, William Shawcross. Whilst the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport have not confirmed when the announcement of a new Chair is due, the Minister for Civil Society Tracey Crouch MP stated on 8 January in a written answer to Parliament that ‘an announcement is expected in due course’[1]. She also stated that six people interviewed for the position.As the pre-appointment hearing for the job was scheduled for late last year, it was initially expected that Mr Shawcross would be standing down at the start of 2018 with his successor publically announced....