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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.

What small charities need to know about auto-enrolment and assessing staff

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August 18, 2016 at 15:14

Small and micro charities are coming up to their auto-enrolment staging dates. This blog provides a quick refresh for those people currently going through the process of getting their charities ready to stage.

First thoughts on impact of interest rates cut on charities

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August 4, 2016 at 17:54

For the first time since 2009 the Bank of England has moved interest rates, not up but down, to 0.25%. What does this mean for charities? Here are my first thoughts on this important economic decision.

Do charities need to become social enterprises to survive?

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August 4, 2016 at 12:06

Heather Black at Economic Change asks “Is charity becoming irrelevant?” – this will be the question posed at the Large Charities Conference taking place in September, hosted by the Charity Finance Group.