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Apprenticeship Levy – how to register for the apprenticeship service

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February 17, 2017 at 17:30

The Apprenticeship Levy is just round the corner. Are you one of the 1,200 charities that will be paying the levy? Do you know how to sign up to the Digital Apprenticeship Service? If not, this short blog will point you in the right direction.

IFS 2017 Green Budget – the good, the bad, and the worrying?

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February 10, 2017 at 14:41

On Tuesday I attended the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Green Budget for 2017. This is an annual event where the IFS looks at economic issues facing the Chancellor before his first Spring Budget in on 8 March 2017 (CFG will be Live Blogging on the day).

Auto-enrolment update from The Pensions Regulator

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February 3, 2017 at 10:36

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) 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 Charles Counsell, Executive Director at TPR offers his reflections on the AE process. This blog also provides links to CFG’s guidance for small & micro charities going through the auto-enrolment process now. 

Responsible Record Keeping: what do voluntary organisations need to know?

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January 31, 2017 at 13:22

In this guest blog, Dr Charlotte Clements, Research Assistant on the British Academy project ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare’, writes about the need for charities to have good archives and record management and how our new project can support you. 

What does Theresa May’s Brexit Speech mean for charities?

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January 17, 2017 at 18:22

Theresa May has made ‘The Big Speech’ on Brexit today – although negotiation is a long process and the government’s position is likely to change and evolve over the next two years. Yet this is an important first step towards what the final deal may look like. But what does it mean for charities? Here is my analysis: Exiting Single Market helps charities on key financial policy issues… ‘Clean’ Brexit (i.e. exiting the Single Market) could impact on the economy and therefore on the conditions that the charity sector has to operate within. This could have damaging consequences for the […]

If I was Prime Minister for a day…

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January 12, 2017 at 11:00

On Monday the Prime Minister spoke at the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting. In her speech she talked about the ‘shared society’. In this blog CFG’s policy team Anjelica, Heather and Andrew will present one policy that they would introduce to bring about a truly ‘shared society’ if they were Prime Minister of the day. 

Five things to look forward to in 2017

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January 9, 2017 at 10:33

It’s January, so it is traditional for people to write articles and blog posts telling you what you have to look forward to in 2017. And CFG is no exception! 2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year, and charities will need to be prepared for a number of issues which could impact on their work. Here are my top five things to discuss internally and potentially at your next board meeting.

Calling small and large charities: have your say on the Apprenticeship Levy

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January 4, 2017 at 17:48

With the new year comes another consultation. This time on how large charities who will pay the Apprenticeship Levy will be able to transfer some of their levy funds to other employers (including small charities). This blog will take you through the current proposals to enable levy paying employers to transfer their funds and how you can feed into the consultation.

Another referendum bites the dust

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December 7, 2016 at 10:00

CFG’s Celeste Giuffrida, an Italian citizen living in London, reflects on what her countrymen’s vote could mean for the EU and for the charity sector. 

Autumn Statement in Focus: what the announcements mean for charities

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November 23, 2016 at 18:00

This Autumn Statement made very little direct mention of the charity sector, except for the planned changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Schemes. However, there are plenty of measures outlined in the Treasury and Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) reports to unpick and assess what impact they will have on charities.