Westminster Social Policy Forum

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The future of the charity sector - reform, regulation and new legislation, fundraising and financial viability, and support post-pandemic

November 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will discuss priorities for the third sector - looking at key issues around funding and sustainability as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic.

Sessions will assess the impact of regulation and legislation, options for government support post-pandemic, and latest thinking on fundraising, ethics and transparency, and public engagement.

The conference will also be an opportunity to look forward to priorities for the Charities Bill, now in its second reading in the House of Lords, which aims to reduce the level of bureaucracy faced by charities and expand the dormant assets scheme.

Alongside the Bill, delegates will examine other recent developments in the sector, such as the increasing importance of charities’ digital presence and the increased cyber security risk that this brings, as well as issues and best practice around data protection in light of the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions and ongoing work on the ICO’s Direct Marketing Code of Practice.

This will also be an opportunity for delegates to consider priorities for the sector in the context of COVID-19, looking at the impact it has had on fundraising, priorities for support, and the role of the charity sector in the response to the pandemic - and how this can be built on to develop future practices.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions on:

  • How the charity sector responded to the pandemic and its role in reaching vulnerable groups - with a senior speaker confirmed from Barnardo’s
  • Ongoing priorities for fundraising regulation - with Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive, Fundraising Regulator
  • The impact of COVID-19 on fundraising, practice, and innovation - with Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Institute of Fundraising
  • Taking forward the Law Commission proposals for reform to charity law - with Professor Nicholas Hopkins, Commissioner, Law Commission


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and officials from the Charity Commission; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Also due to attend are representatives from the Association of Charitable Organisations; BBC Children in Need; BHP; British Heart Foundation; Burton Sweet; Canal & River Trust; Change Grow Live; City Hearts; Community Leisure UK; Founders4Schools; Haysmacintyre; HCR Hewitsons; Islamic Relief; Jonathan Badger Consulting; Medway Voluntary Action; National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society; Nicola Gunn & Associates; One Thought Changes All; Parchment Trust; Pelvic Partnership; Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK; Prisoners' Education Trust; Provident Financial; Radcliffe Chambers; RSM UK; Ruils; Scleroderma & Reynaud's UK; Sheila McKechnie Foundation; St Edward's School, Windsor; Syon Housing; The Braveheart Association; The Oswin Project; The Rothschild Foundation; Tuberous Sclerosis Association; Turning Point; Underwood Consulting; WaterAid; World Pencil; and Wycombe Homeless Connection.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Third Sector.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from representatives of charities, technology providers and fundraising consultants, marketing organisations, those in the public and private sector who work with the third sector, regulatory bodies, citizen groups, local authorities, campaigning organisations, legal experts and practitioners, businesses and their advisors and social and academic commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles