Westminster Social Policy Forum

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

TO BE PUBLISHED 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 across the sector as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic.

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

The conference will also be an opportunity to look forward to priorities for the Charities Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech, which aims to reduce the level of bureaucracy faced by charities, as well as to expand the dormant assets scheme.

Alongside the Bill, the conference will also examine other recent developments for the sector, such as the increasing importance of charities’ digital presence, and the increased risk of cyber security issues that this brings, as well as issues and best practice around data protection in the 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 the COVID-19 pandemic, looking at the impact it has had on fundraising and priorities for support, as well as 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:

  • The role of the charity sector in the pandemic response, and in reaching vulnerable groups with Richard Moore, Corporate Director for Business Services, 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

Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • the Charities Bill - the likely impact of the bill’s reforms, priorities for regulation,  and the outlook the financial viability of the sector
  • COVID-19 - the role of the charity sector in the response to the pandemic and how this can be taken forward, as well as the impact of the pandemic and priorities for rebuilding stronger
  • regulation - ongoing priorities for regulation, with a focus on the evolving challenges around data use and protection, transparency, and safeguarding
  • innovation - developing innovative solutions to fundraising, effectively managing the use of data and supporting smaller charities to embrace digital solutions


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; the Department of Health and Social Care; and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Burton Sweet; Canal & River Trust; Radcliffe Chambers; RSM UK; WaterAid; and World Pencil.
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, is 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