Consultations

Regulators, government and/or other relevant bodies periodically open consultations on matters related to the Armed Forces. Cobseo encourages the Membership to submit responses to these consultations. Where appropriate, the Cobseo office may look to collate a military charity sector response and these details will be found below.

Below lists the consultations currently open and those that the Cobseo Governance Support team have collated previously on behalf of the Membership.

Open consultations:

Veterans Strategy

On 14 November 2018, the UK wide Strategy for our Veterans was published. A UK government consultation paper was also released to complement the Strategy for our Veterans, by gathering information to inform how it could be implemented across the UK except for devolved matters in Scotland and Wales.

The consultation document can be found here. All Members are encouraged to consider responding to the questions posed in the consultation, which closes on 21 Feb 2019.

 

Scottish Charity Law

This consultation, launched 07 January 2019, is set to investigate potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

The consultation document can be found here. Members with substantial comments are encouraged to respond directly to the Scottish Government by 01 April 2019 – see page 5 of the consultation document. Those with specific comments are welcomed to respond to Cobseo who will collate a cumulative response for the sector – please email enquiries@cobseo.org.uk by 25 March 2019.

Feedback on Charities SORP

A consultation launched 26 November 2018 to seek views on how best to reform the process for developing the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP), and to make recommendations for any necessary changes to ensure the SORP remains fit for the future.

The consultation document can be found here. Members with substantial comments are encouraged to respond directly to SORP by 04 Feb 19 – see page 19 of the consultation document. Those with specific comments are welcomed to respond to Cobseo who will collate a cumulative response for the sector – please email enquiries@cobseo.org.uk by 28 Jan 19.

 

Social Housing for members of the Armed Forces

This consultation, that began 09 Jan 19, sets out proposals for new statutory guidance for local authorities to assist members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families, to access social housing.

The consultation document can be found here. Members with substantial comments are encouraged to respond directly to Ministry of Housing by 08 March 19 – respond either online or by email. Those with specific comments are welcomed to respond to Cobseo who will collate a cumulative response for the sector – please email enquiries@cobseo.org.uk by 01 March 19.

Closed, collated consultations:

Charity Tax Commission tax arrangements

The independent Charity Tax Commission undertook the first extensive review in over 20 years of the tax arrangements for charities. Cobseo collated the responses to a call for comments from Member organisations on the tax burdens they encountered and suggestions for improvements. These responses were forwarded on behalf of members in a formal submission of evidence to the Commission on 6th July 2018.

A copy of the Cobseo submission is presented here for reference:

Cobseo Charity Tax Commission Submission – 06 July 2018.

Cobseo Governance Practices Aide Memoire

Having launched at the Cobseo AGM earlier this year, a consultation on the Aide Memoire and supporting Information Note on Governance Practices opened for all Members to feedback on their usefulness and clarity.

A copy of the most up the date versions of the Aide Memoire and Information Note can be found here.

Our Executive Members

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