The Charity Commission last week issued the RSPCA with an Official Warning under the Charities Act 2016. This act gave the Commission new powers to issue warnings when it considers there has been a breach of trust or duty or other misconduct or mismanagement in a charity. The warning related to a…

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From 1 August there will be two changes to the rules about automatic disqualification from being a charity trustee. The first is a fairly straightforward – the number of reasons why someone can’t be a trustee are increasing. In addition to being bankrupt or having unspent convictions relating to dishonesty or deception,…

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It’s been a busy few months for Fiveways, working on a range of projects for clients, old and new. Our stream of work evaluating projects and services has included an evaluation of a large national health helpline, working with a national homelessness charity on a project supporting young people into accommodation, education…

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2017 has not been an easy year for charities. However, one stand-out theme for us this year has been the dedication and commitment shown by our clients to truly understand and improve their effectiveness, and to strengthen their governance, in the face of increasing pressure and scrutiny. It has been very stimulating…

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In PMQs on October 11th The Prime Minister mentioned the importance of learning the lessons from the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) pilot prior to a national roll-out. Fiveways has been commissioned to deliver the evaluation of the pilot and uncover those lessons. The NBCP helps professionals to support families in their…

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We have today posted the first of a new set of Practical Governance Tips for charity leaders, starting, reasonably enough, with how to deal with the lengthy and confusing rule book which befuddles many new to the sector or their roles. Know the key parts of your mem and arts is the…

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Fiveways has been appointed as the evaluation partner for the new National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP), which was launched earlier this week. Thousands of parents each year experience their baby dying before, during or shortly after birth or within the first year of life. The quality of care that bereaved families receive…

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Conference season is upon us and with it the decreasing number of charities which still ‘do’ policy work are busy collecting train-miles from Brighton to Manchester (with a quick stop at the Lib-Dems in Bournemouth for the most optimistic). I’ve long been sceptical about charity involvement in party conferences, typically concluding that…

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Two years may have passed, but the fallout from Kids Company’s public and rather dramatic collapse shows no sign of abating. A couple of weeks ago a statement from the Insolvency Service appeared on gov.uk announcing what had previously been mooted – that the Business Secretary intends to bring proceedings to have…

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Perhaps the saddest comment I read about the General Election was a tweet on polling day from someone who I admire: “Genuinely think the only way Labour will ever win another election is by learning to lie a lot better”. Forgotten, perhaps, amongst the surprise result is the assessment from the Institute…

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