Charities Bill

Yesterday, the Charities ( Protection and Social Investment) Bill passed its final stages in the Commons. It has already been through the House of Lords. The Bill provides stronger protection for charities from individuals who are unfit to be Trustees. The Bill also gives the Charity Commission more powers to tackle abuse and gives charities a new power to make social investments that is to say investments which provide both a financial and social return. The Bill was generally supported by the Opposition.

In the afternoon I attended this week’s Backbench Business Committee where there were applications for debate on the conflict in Yemen, Welsh affairs, parliamentary Sovereignty and the EU re-negotiation, the role of men in ending violence against women and the financials problems arising out of the collapse of Equitable Life. All were in order so when time becomes available debates will be scheduled for these matters to be considered.