The new DBS checks are needed by far fewer people than the old CRB checks (5 million down from 9.3 million), can be used for more than one activity and they are portable and updated.

“We serve thousands of charitable organisations and many churches, schools and academies who are significantly benefiting from the [DBS] Update Service.”

Barbara Ball – Disclosure Manager, Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service

“To unlock this [social] investment there is a need to give trustees greater legal reassurance on how they make decisions about investing their funds.”

Karen Thorpe

“…if social investment is about to expand there is a need to tap into the finance available via institutional and other investors.”

Philip Craig

“We have no intention of turning our community centre into an entertainment venue. But we do want to be able to support the community to come together.”

Andrew McKnight

This sector is central to the Government’s ambition for a stronger society. This theme just is one of the intitiatives to cut red tape for it. This was an open theme with no specific regulations placed on the web site for comment.

Outcomes of the Civil Society Red Tape Challenge

It’s becoming even easier to volunteer with confidence to help the community.

Major Reforms

1) The new DBS checks are much less bureaucratic than the old CRB checks and are free for people who only need them to do voluntary work.

2) The Financial Services Bill was amended to ensure the regulatory approach recognises that consumers can have non-financial goals, eg social goals.

Other Implemented Reforms

1) Most performances of live music in village halls and community centres no longer require an entertainment licence.

2) The Charitable Incorporated Organisation has been introduced giving the trustees of smaller charities the opportunity to benefit from limited liability with much less bureaucacy than being a limited company.

Further Measures

1) The Law Commission is undertaking a review of the fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries, and has agreed to undertake a review of charity trustee duties in relation to charities making social investments.

2) The Cabinet Office published a report that showcased examples of existing “co-mingling” funds, and aims to pilot a co-mingling fund to test the practical barriers that are preventing more of these structures from being developed.


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Giving Time and Money

Giving Time and Money

Rules and regulations that affect volunteering, social action and donations.

Running a Voluntary or Community Organisation

Rules and regulations that affect the activities of voluntary and community groups.

Social Investment

Rules and regulations governing social investments made by charitable trusts, foundations, institutional investors and individuals in social ventures.

This site is designed to promote open discussion of ways in which the aims of existing regulation can be fulfilled in the least burdensome way possible. The presence of a particular regulation or law on this website should not be read as implying any intention on the part of the Government to remove that regulation or law from the statute book. The purpose of this exercise is to open government up to the public.

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