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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on charities. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    04.11.2016Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill 2016-17
    The Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill 2016-17 would make a number of amendments to the legislation which underpins the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS), introduced in April 2013. The purpose of these changes is to simplify the scheme and extend access to smaller and newer charities. The Bill would also make a few technical amendments to the legislation which establishes Tax-Free Childcare, the Government's scheme to support parents' childcare costs, scheduled to be rolled out from early 2017.
    19.09.2016Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
    In the 2012 Budget the Government announced proposals to introduce a new scheme, to be introduced from April 2013, to allow charities to claim additional payments on small donations - equivalent to the way they may claim tax relief on donations made under Gift Aid. This note gives some background to the scheme and the legislation to put it in place.
    13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Charities
    This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on charities.
    13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Constituency Statistics
    This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on constituency level statistics.
    13.07.2016Sources of Statistics 2016
    This briefing paper brings together sources of statistics on subject areas covered by the Economic Policy & Statistics and Social & General Statistics sections of the House of Commons Library. In doing so it draws upon the knowledge of Library specialists, aiming to provide comprehensive topic-by-topic guides for use by anyone interested in the statistical series that underpin the United Kingdom.
    15.06.2016Charitable status and independent schools
    The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which deals with the charitable status of independent schools and Charity Commission public benefit guidance. This was revised following legal challenges to the original guidance
    20.01.2016Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL]: Committee stage report
    This briefing summarises changes made to the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill in Public Bill Committee The Committee removed an Opposition amendment made in the Lords dealing with disposal of assets by charities and agreed a new Government clause dealing with reserve powers to control fundraising. The Bill is due to have remaining stages in the Commons on 26 January 2016.
    20.11.2015Funding for charities and other voluntary organisations
    Funding options for the voluntary and community sector.
    22.10.2015Commons Library analysis: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL]: in detail
    This paper provides information about the Bill and background to it, and about debate on the Bill in the House of Lords
    22.10.2015Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL]: in brief
    A summary of the background to the Bill, the provisions in the Bill, and matters debated in the House of Lords

    Lords Library Notes

    02.08.2016Lobbying and Political Campaigning: Charities and Trade Unions
    This House of Lords Library briefing sets out the legislation that regulates the statutory register of lobbyists, and outlines the rules governing the ability of charities and trade unions to engage in political activity and to campaign in relation to elections. This briefing has been written in preparation for the debate in the House of Lords on 8 September 2016 on the role that charities, trade unions and civil society groupings play in a democracy and the case for regulating lobbying activities.
    11.12.2015National Lottery Contribution to Sport, Culture, Charities and National Heritage
    Lords Library briefing on the contribution of the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage.
    30.10.2014Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (HL Bill 47 of 2014-15)
    The Social Responsibility, Action and Heroism Bill (the SARAH Bill) sets out various factors that the court 'must have regard to' in determining the steps a defendant was required to take to meet a standard of care in claims for negligence or breach of statutory duty.
    26.11.2010Debate on 2nd December 2010: philanthropy. LLN 2010/029
    Debate on 2nd December 2010: philanthropy. House of Lords Library Note 2010/029
    01.10.2010Debate on 5 October 2010: The charitable sector and civil society. LLN 2010/020
    Debate on 5 October 2010: The charitable sector and civil society. House of Lords Library Note 2010/020


    15.07.2014Big Data and Business
    POSTnote exploring how big data is being used by UK companies and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

    Early Day Motions

    That this House congratulates Kelloggs for its support of foodbanks around the UK; notes that in 2011, Kelloggs supported foodbanks across the UK with 25 tonnes of food, equating to ...
    10.01.2012UNIQUE KIDS
    That this House notes that Unique Kids was established as a charity in 2009; further notes that it provides play and social activities for children with disabilities through an after ...
    That this House recognises the work of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) and the closure it brings to many families whose relatives have been recovered; ...
    That this House notes that Rhythmix is the name of a small Brighton-based charity providing music-making opportunities to vulnerable youngsters; welcomes the decision by the entertainment ...
    That this House commends the remarkable work of the Companionship at Christmas campaign, run by the charity Abbeyfield, which aims to improve the quality of life for older people by ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses