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.

Breast Cancer Charities Merge

News today that two of the most well known breast cancer charities are to merge. Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign are to work together for the next few months as they plan a full merger to take place in April of next year.

Despite the huge progress made in research in recent years sadly still all too many suffer from this particular cancer and in some cases lose their lives. The aim of the united charity will be that no one will die of breast cancer by 2050. The new merged charity will be the largest dedicated breast cancer research charity in the UK.

I welcome the news of this merger. Together the two charities will be stronger and I believe better placed to achieve their shared aim.

Trustees Week

On the first day of this year’s Trustees’ Week, I want to thank local charity trustees for their dedicated work in running local charities.

I know there are many fantastic charities in Bury doing really important work and their trustees are integral to this success. In Trustees’ Week I want to thank them for the tireless work they undertake to help others and keep the charity sector in Bury so vibrant and strong.
I would also encourage people to consider becoming a trustee. Being a charity trustee is a great way of learning new skills and gaining valuable experience, and could lead to new opportunities and employment.

Trustees’ Week runs from 4-10 November 2013. To learn more about Trustees’ Week and trusteeship.
For more information visit which includes case studies, recruitment resources, details of events being held during Trustees’ Week and links to trustee matching services for those who want to become a trustee.

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