From Civil Society
Conservative MP Simon Fell has introduced a bill in Parliament to set up new government agency that would help measure the impact of charities and enable them to secure more funding. The third sector organisations (impact and support) bill was one of 20 private members’ bills to have their first readings on 5 February.
Fell is the recently elected MP for Barrow and Furness and has a background working with charities. He consulted with constituents before deciding what to call his bill.
Private members’ bills are proposals to change the law made by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. One of the ways to introduced a bill is for MPs to enter a ballot, and Fell was one of the MPs to have been selected in the latest round. First readings of bills do not include any debate, and parliamentarians do not need to provide the full text at this stage. Only a minority of private members’ bills become law, but they can help to stimulate debate around an issue.
The second reading of this bill will take place on 11 September.
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