Judgment has been entered in High Court claim no. BL-2017-000101 against the Defendant Laurence Roy Moffitt (a.k.a. Laurie Moffitt) for copyright infringement, misuse of private information and breach of confidence in respect of the address books containing the names and addresses of the members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. Permanent injunctions have been granted. Mr Moffitt has been ordered to pay damages and to pay the Claimants’ legal costs on the indemnity basis.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Paula Sussex says Charity Commission will be less likely to allow
charities the benefit of the doubt
"Before I joined the commission, I fondly imagined that it was risk-based and intelligence-led, but until a year ago it had been exclusively reactive," said Sussex. "The commission has already informally been putting in place a risk-based strategy, but it's not sufficiently systematic.
"The benefit of the doubt is something we can't give charities and is something the public is starting to say it can't give," she said, referring to the results of an Ipsos Mori pollcommissioned by the regulator and released in the summer, which showed strong public appetite for transparency in the sector.
In addition to being more proactive, the commission will also be tougher in its approach to individual charities, she told the conference, the Charity Finance Summit organised by Charity Finance magazine. "Previously we might have written a polite and gentle letter, which we would have followed up with a 'would it be all right if'," Sussex said. She said the regulator would now be quicker to use its powers.
Sussex said the sector should continue to strive for greater transparency, again pointing to the Ipsos Mori report. "We have got more to do; we have got to be more accountable," she said. She urged the audience to increase the amount of information in their annual documents submitted to the commission in the interests of transparency.
Pointing at the commission's budget cuts in recent years – it now has slightly more than 300 staff, half the number it had 10 years ago – she said she needed the sector's help in regulating charities. "I'm so reliant on you feeding back on the effectiveness of our guidance, on what works and what doesn't work," she said.