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Apprenticeships Levy Update – Guidance for Charity Employers

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April 22, 2016 at 10:51

The government has published the an employer’s guide for the Apprenticeship Levy. This blog highlights the key issues that CFG has identified on first analysis.

Things to take from the NCVO Civil Society Almanac 2016

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April 15, 2016 at 17:27

Wisden…Whitakers…Old Farmer’s…all  great Almanacs, but one of the most valuable statistical compendiums has to be the NCVO Civil Society Almanac, upon which so many of us in the sector depend for insight.

Which SORP is right for you?

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April 5, 2016 at 17:05

Helena Wilkinson of Price Bailey weighs up the benefits and challenges for smaller charities that are deciding which SORP they should use, and provides some practical advice.

Apprenticeship Levy update: what charities need to know

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March 31, 2016 at 11:33

Earlier this month, CFG organised a round table with the Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, to discuss the challenges the Apprenticeship Levy will impose on the sector and our recommendations on how to mitigate them. This post provides an update on the government’s position in relation to how the levy can work for charities as presented to us during this meeting.

The Tampon Tax: how not to provide sustainable funding for charities

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March 24, 2016 at 15:37

After months of high profile campaigns, this week has brought the welcome news that the UK will no longer apply VAT onto women’s sanitary products. This is fantastic news for women in the UK as well as for the women’s groups and charities that have campaigned for this change – it just goes to show what a good bit of advocacy can achieve.

Budget Focus: Welfare in flux – what does this mean for charities?

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March 21, 2016 at 17:42

After Iain Duncan Smith’s shock resignation from the cabinet this weekend, the government have announced that they will drop their controversial plans to change the way that the daily living component of the disability benefit – the PIP – is calculated from January next year. This is welcome news, especially for the people that would have been affected by the £4bn cut, and the charities that support them. But there is little time for complacency as the Chancellor will now have to look elsewhere for these savings. How might charities be affected? 

Budget Focus: What was hidden in the numbers for charities?

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March 17, 2016 at 17:48

The Office for Budget Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook is where the real detail of the Budget resides. What was hidden in the numbers for charities this time around? Here are three things that we should take away.

Early analysis of Budget 2016: a missed opportunity

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March 16, 2016 at 16:12

Whilst charities will no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief – not least because the axe over mandatory business rate reliefs seem to have been taken away – the sector shouldn’t be complacent.

Live Blog: #Budget2016

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March 15, 2016 at 12:16

On Wednesday 16th March at 12:30pm the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his 8th Budget. If you can’t tune into the Chancellor’s speech, then do follow this blog for key announcements and early analysis of how they will impact on the charity sector. 

A ‘straightjacket’ Budget: Pay, Tax Avoidance, Welfare and Assets

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March 11, 2016 at 09:01

Next week the Chancellor has to stand up and deliver his 8th Budget and it promises to be an interesting affair. If the last Spending Review saw the Chancellor play Father Christmas, this time the Chancellor may need to tap into his Dickensian side and summon up his inner Scrooge. My colleague, Anjelica Finnegan, has laid out in detail the issues concerning charities. But what hints do the economics data give us for what the Chancellor may do next Wednesday?