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News digest 22/1/16: IGF accused of weak governance

22 January 2016

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IGF accused of weak governance

The International Golf Federation (IGF) has weak internal governance structures and is vulnerable to corruption, according to a report compiled by the ‘Play the game’ initiative from the Danish Institute for Sports Studies. The IGF is responsible for drug testing potential golf Olympians before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The IGF was given a score of only 27.8% – an organisation of its size expected to achieve 75%. In comparison, Fifa (which has been making headlines for its poor governance in the past year) achieved 67.8%. The report evaluated all 35 Olympic international sports federations on four categories of governance – democratic processes, transparency, checks and balances and solidarity.


Overhaul of academy governance urged

A new system of school governance is needed to reflect the increase in the number of academy and free schools, MPs have said.

A report examining the role of regional school commissioners – responsible for approving and monitoring academies and free schools – warned their role was unclear in the current system and given the complicated system of oversight, accountability and inspection in the education system, there should be a fundamental reassessment of school governance.


Regulation is main barrier to better pension governance

A poll by LifeSight of UK pension managers shows regulatory change is their major concern, with 53% answering legislation and regulation is the main obstacle to better governance. Pension managers also feel changes in governance over the past five years have not improved member outcomes because of the increasing complexity and compliance requirements.


Small employers still to prepare for Living Wage

Many small employers still need to take action to ensure compliance with the new National Living Wage, research by Jelf shows.

According to the study, the interaction with the use of ‘salary sacrifice’ in employee benefits provision is unclear to employers, which could result in inadvertent breaching of the law. 39% are unaware of this issue and only 9% have reviewed and resolved the problems.

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