New version of charity register to be launched
The Charity Commission’s Register of Charities in England and Wales is to be ‘revamped’ with a new version, though no date has yet been given for its launch.
The new Register will feature a redesign and include information not available in the current version, such as whether a charity belongs to the Fundraising Standards Board. The Register is also expected to include additional information from the updated annual returns that must be completed by all registered charities with an income over £10,000.
Sam Younger, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said: “The carefully considered changes mean that the extra information collected and displayed will be valuable in both promoting the compliance of the sector and in helping the public to make informed decisions about charities.”
Welsh food hygiene ratings requirement expanded
From November 2014 all food manufacturers and wholesalers in Wales who do not supply food directly to the general public will be required to display their food hygiene rating at their premises, under the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013.
Manufacturers and producers that have a food hygiene inspection will receive a hygiene rating from one to five, which they will be required to display at their premises. Employees will also be required to inform customers, if asked, what rating the business received. This requirement already applies to firms that serve or supply food directly to consumers.