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Legislation

Questions you might ask yourself

  • In what areas do we need to comply with legislation?

  • How do we keep up-to-date with changes in legislation?

  • How do we ensure that we implement changes in a timely fashion?

  • Do we meet Arts Council England’s diversity and equality requirements?

What success looks like

  • Our constitutional documents are fit for purpose and comply with current legislation.

  • We are up to date with changes to legislation and have amended our policies accordingly.

Resources

AmbITion

AmbITion is a pilot project run in England from 2007-09 and in Scotland from 2009, to promote digital development for the arts.

  • AmbITion offers a wide range of resources to support the development of digital strategy, including case studies, masterclasses and discussions from its consultants, and over 30 documents relating to subjects such as implementing digital developments, a guide to Twitter and a Terms and Conditions document for websites.

    http://www.getambition.com/resources/

Community Matters

Community Matters is the nationwide federation for community associations. It runs the Community Sector Law Monitoring Group which monitors legislation, regulation and practices affecting community organisations.

ICT Hub

The ICT Hub is part of the work of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). It provides a service to voluntary and community sector organisations that wish to develop and use ICT.

  • A list of freely downloadable documents including its management series (e.g. 'A Guide to Managing ICT in the Voluntary and Community Sector'), its Foresight series (e.g. 'Charitable Giving and Fundraising in a Digital World') and its accessibility guides (e.g. 'Easy Free and Quick ICT Accessibility').

    http://www.icthub.org.uk/publications/

Legal Advice Centre

A free legal resource and information site for UK businesses provided by commercial law specialists Truman & Co (Truelegal) Solicitors.

  • Basic information on a range of subjects including business purchase and sale, business structure, business agreements, internet law and intellectual property.

    http://www.legal-advice-centre.co.uk/

LMSC

LMSC is the Legislation Monitoring Service for Charities, Voluntary Organisations and their Advisers. It provides paying subscribers with information on the latest relevant legislative and policy initiatives of interest to the voluntary sector. LMSC online subscriptions: Individual charity £225 per year; Professional, commercial or government organisation: £575 per year.

  • LMSC is the Legislation Monitoring Service for Charities, Voluntary Organisations and their Advisers. It provides paying subscribers with information on the latest relevant legislative and policy initiatives of interest to the voluntary sector.

    http://www.lmsconline.org/

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission is the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales. It is a comprehensive site offering legal information, advice and resources for charitable bodies of all kinds and sizes.

The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)

The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) has been created by the Government to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults.

  • Free information on child safety legislation, and on the schemes ISA runs with the Criminal Records Bureau, such as CRB checks and the Vetting and Barring Scheme, which comes into force in July 2010.

    http://www.isa-gov.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=3

The knowledge base

The knowledge base is designed to help community and voluntary sector organisations access the benefits of information technology. It is a source of independent ICT information and advice.