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Another day, another opportunity for charities to engage in a consultation

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May 24, 2016 at 10:32

Just like buses, you wait around for one consultation from the Charity Commission and then you’re surprised by two turning up together. On the 19th May the Charity Commission (in partnership with the OSCR and CCNI) has announced an invitation to comment on the way charities report matters of material significance to a UK charity regulator.

Friday Afternoon Fraud

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May 13, 2016 at 18:53

Today is Friday, and for most people this means a chance to daydream about weekend plans, preparing for Eurovision, or listening to this musical masterpiece.

Is the SORP FRS 102 working for you?

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May 5, 2016 at 17:46

On the 4th May the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) published a research consultation on charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) FRS 102.

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.