For social enterprises thinking about setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC), it is important to understand what the 'asset lock' is and what it means for your business as it is a permanent feature of CICs.
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On 12 March 2018, the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force. The Act was introduced with the intention of bringing greater openness and transparency around lobbying Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Any organisations who are likely to have any face-to-face contact with MSPs, Members of the Scottish Government, junior Scottish Ministers, special advisers or the Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government should register with the Lobbying Register.
The Fundraising Preference Service (FPS), which enables members of the public to set out their wishes regarding fundraising contact from charities, has been launched. The FPS only operates in relation to charities registered in England with the Fundraising Regulator. Here was also look at the regulations which apply in Scotland.
You'll no doubt have noticed a number of articles in the past year warning that the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is on the horizon. It may have seemed like something to put on the 'I'll deal with that later' column of your growing To Do list, however, it's now just over a year away and the time prepare is upon us.
From 18 April 2016, contracting authorities in Scotland are subject to significant changes in the way in which contracts for services, goods and/or works are procured. The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (“PCRs”) and the majority of the provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (the “Act”) came into force on 18 April 2016. This article contains some top tips for contracting authorities to comply with the new regime.