Results 121–140 of 1800 for speaker:Anna Turley OR speaker:Anna Turley

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Clause 8 - Power to direct property to be applied to another charity (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I echo the Minister’s concluding comments. As well as supporting the Charity Commission, the clause will support many charities that often struggle with individual trustees who may have been unable to take necessary action. This will enable the commission to step in and essentially fill a void where no one has had the power to tackle the issue. Again, we welcome clause 8. It will amend the...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I beg to move amendment 2, in clause 1, page 1, line 16, after “give” insert “at least 14 days”. To require a minimum period of 14 days’ notice of a warning. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. Thank you very much for this opportunity. As we stated on Second Reading, we wholeheartedly welcome the Bill and the intention to clarify and support charity...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: My hon. Friend makes a really important point. The relationship is long standing, sophisticated and complex. It is right that there is an opportunity to give notice of a warning in the Bill. Our issue is that there is no significant timeframe and no notice of the timeframe. I will explain why that is such a critical issue, but my hon. Friend is absolutely right; it is important that there is...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I totally agree. That is the purpose of the amendment. There is a lack of clarity around “reasonable time”. Not only is that pretty indefinite, but it puts the onus back on staff at the Charity Commission, which could place an undue burden on them and leave open to interpretation what the definition of a reasonable time could be. That is why it is important to have a timeframe in the...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. A later amendment sets out the right of appeal to the charity tribunal, which we think is an important safeguard. Even without that appeal, giving no notice whatsoever could entail significant risks, particularly with regard to reputational damage, as the Human Rights Act sets out.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: My hon. Friend makes another excellent point. We know how difficult and challenging it can be around the country to get good trustees and to get people to stick with it. Trustees are under a lot of pressure because of regulations and time commitments. There is the risk that the measure will disadvantage trustees and deter them from putting themselves forward. If a warning has been published,...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: The hon. Lady said that the measure could make the powers of the Charity Commission similar to those of other regulators. However, while many other regulators have the power to issue warning notices, they are often exercisable only in the case of a breach of a statutory requirement. This proposed power goes much further than that. A warning can be given on the strength of “a breach of trust...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I appreciate the Minister setting out those important safeguards. However, there is little evidence about the timeframe in the Bill, which means that charities have no control over their ability to present their arguments and let their trustees know. We will continue to press on this issue unless the Minister has some analysis of what is a reasonable time.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: The Minister is being extremely generous with his time. Does he agree that there are things that lie between breaking a statutory definition and what we are talking about here, which is quite a low level of concern: a breach of trust or duty, or other misconduct or mismanagement? That is quite broad in scope. Should there not be further definition—not necessarily in statute, but perhaps...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I thank the Minister and everyone who participated in the debate. There is a wealth of experience in this room from within the sector and on the frontline, which does credit to this place and has informed the debate. I echo colleagues’ sentiments about charities’ fantastic work in local communities, in particular their work with the most deprived in some of our most challenged...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We received many representations from the charity sector suggesting that 28 days was the preferred option. We thought that 14 days was sufficient to give people the chance to notify trustees and to take immediate action to challenge concerns. The amendment is fair and I hope that the commission will consider our 14-day proposal as a good timeframe when...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I beg to move amendment 1, in clause 1, page 2, line 15, at end insert— ‘(2) In Schedule 6 to the Charities Act 2011 (appeals and applications to Tribunal) insert in the appropriate place— “Decision of the Commission to issue a warning under section 75A to a charity trustee, trustee for a charity or a charity The persons are— (a) the charity trustees of the charity; and (b)...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. We know that judicial review is pretty much inaccessible without legal assistance, and that cuts to legal aid have had a hugely detrimental impact on people who are trying to access justice.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent comparison, but what happens if, at the end of that representation, the Charity Commission does not agree? Where is the right of redress or recourse after that? Judicial review is too large, bureaucratic and expensive. It is a complex, time and resource-intensive activity that is largely inaccessible without legal assistance. It is widely known as the...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Official warnings by the Commission (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I thank the Minister for his thorough and helpful response. Again, we will not press the matter to a vote, but we still have significant concerns. As a football fan I liked the Minister’s metaphor about yellow cards, but with a yellow card there is no immediate repercussion other than having to be a bit more careful about the next tackle. For a charity, there are potentially quite damaging...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Investigations and power to suspend (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: Clause 2 sets out the powers for the Charity Commission to take action where a charity fails to remedy a breach as specified under a warning. Our amendment 3 sought to ensure that where a warning had been challenged through the charity tribunal the charity was not automatically able to take action under clause 2. Given that we withdrew our previous amendment, I decided not to move amendment...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Range of conduct to be considered when exercising powers (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I thank the Minister for that thorough and detailed explanation. He will be aware that we have tabled no amendments to this clause because we fully support it. It has been through a great deal of pre-legislative scrutiny and scrutiny in the other place, so we support that the clause stand part of the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Power to remove trustees etc following an inquiry (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: As with the previous clause, we support this measure. We believe it will give the Charity Commission an important power to safeguard the integrity of a charity, particularly its public profile. Misconduct and mismanagement are extremely serious and should be taken extremely seriously. As the Minister identified, the ability to address this loophole has long been missing from the Charity...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Power to remove disqualified trustee (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I thank the Minister for that full and thorough explanation. As trustees of charities—which many members of the Committee are—many of us feel it is important to fulfil our duties fully and with confidence, should a fellow trustee board member not fulfil their duties and be disqualified as a result. The Charity Commission’s standards for disqualification are high—it has set the bar at...

Public Bill Committee: Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]: Power to direct specified action not to be taken (15 Dec 2015)

Anna Turley: I beg to move amendment 4, in clause 6, page 5, line 2, at end insert— ‘(4) An order under this section will automatically be discharged on the closure of the inquiry under section 46 which is referred to in subsection (1).’ To restrict the power to ensure that if a tribunal appeal is successful, a direction by the Commission as a result of the warning is no longer relevant. I...


<< < 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 > >>

Create an alert

Advanced search

Find this exact word or phrase

You can also do this from the main search box by putting exact words in quotes: like "cycling" or "hutton report"

By default, we show words related to your search term, like “cycle” and “cycles” in a search for cycling. Putting the word in quotes, like "cycling", will stop this.

Excluding these words

You can also do this from the main search box by putting a minus sign before words you don’t want: like hunting -fox

We also support a bunch of boolean search modifiers, like AND and NEAR, for precise searching.

Date range

to

You can give a start date, an end date, or both to restrict results to a particular date range. A missing end date implies the current date, and a missing start date implies the oldest date we have in the system. Dates can be entered in any format you wish, e.g. 3rd March 2007 or 17/10/1989

Person

Enter a name here to restrict results to contributions only by that person.

Section

Restrict results to a particular parliament or assembly that we cover (e.g. the Scottish Parliament), or a particular type of data within an institution, such as Commons Written Answers.

Column

If you know the actual Hansard column number of the information you are interested in (perhaps you’re looking up a paper reference), you can restrict results to that; you can also use column:123 in the main search box.