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Apprenticeship levy update – October 2016

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October 25, 2016 at 17:41

This morning the Department for Education announced updates to their plans for reforming the apprenticeship system. Of particular interest to charities is the extension in the time that employers will be allowed to spend their levy, and the launch of the applications process for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Autumn Statement 2016: what have national infrastructure bodies called for?

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October 13, 2016 at 17:16

As my colleague Andrew has argued back in July, the Post-Brexit Autumn Statement is the first key battleground for the charity sector. CFG has worked with ACEVO, Association of Charitable Foundations, Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising, Locality, NAVCA, NCVO, Small Charities Coalition, Social Enterprise UK, and Voice4Change to develop a series of policy options for the Treasury. You can download the submission on CFG’s website.

Government must not miss this open goal to help small charities

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October 11, 2016 at 09:25

Follow the progress of the Bill via the hashtag #GASDS  Today, the House of Commons will be debating the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill. This is a Bill that seeks to improve the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS), which has been operation since April 2013 but has unfortunately failed to meet expectations since it was first announced in Budget 2011.

Small charities and auto-enrolment: choosing a pension scheme

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September 19, 2016 at 15:33

The Pensions Regulator provides CFG monthly auto-enrolment updates. These blogs provide the latest guidance and messages from the regulator adapted by CFG for the charity sector. This month provides top tips for choosing a pension scheme.

Saying what we want: Devolution & Voluntary Sector Summit

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September 9, 2016 at 15:31

On Wednesday, over 30 voluntary sector leaders came together in London to discuss devolution and the voluntary sector.

Things to avoid when claiming Gift Aid

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September 8, 2016 at 12:03

Every year, around 70,000 charities claim tax reliefs worth billions every year. But as anyone who has ever interacted with the Gift Aid system knows, it isn’t always plain sailing. Errors are quite common, particularly for small charities, and these can hold up the Gift Aid process – delaying payments and creating headaches for both the charity and HMRC. Last year I wrote a blog post based on the common errors that HMRC’s Charities Team reported on their activities. HMRC have very kindly provided this information again, so here are some top tips for claiming Gift Aid and avoiding errors.

Tony Armstrong looks at Devolution: working with local organisations to transform public services

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September 5, 2016 at 12:00

Public sector finances are under severe strain. Local authorities have faced increasingly tight budgets over the last six years, and the localisation of business rates, the phasing out of central government grants and the implications of Brexit, signal continued uncertainties to come – even with a potential ‘reset’ on the current path of austerity being hinted by Philip Hammond.

Devolution is our chance to advocate for the most vulnerable

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September 2, 2016 at 12:15

Kathy Evans, CEO of Children England highlights the important voice that the voluntary sector has and how they can use it to be a power of advocacy.

How will the ‘devolution revolution’ be financed?

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September 1, 2016 at 17:15

 At CFG, Locality, NAVCA and Children England’s The Voluntary Sector and Devolution Summit we’ll be looking at the key concerns about financing  local government under devolution deals.

Caron asks: ‘Why does the voluntary sector need a devolution summit?’

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August 31, 2016 at 16:40

Caron Bradshaw, CEO of Charity Finance Group, explains why CFG has worked with partners to organise the Devolution and the Voluntary Sector Summit and why she thinks it is important that the sector comes together to put forward a positive agenda for Devolution.