General Election 2017

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May 8, 2017 at 10:06

In the run up to the General Election on 8 June this blog post will provide you with all the resources and analysis CFG produces. We urge you to use them to inform politicians and their parties of the transformative role charities can play and what they as political actors can do to ensure charities achieve their full potential.

A step closer to reforming Section 75

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April 28, 2017 at 17:13

If your charity is part of a non-associated multi-employer pension scheme you will be pleased – and relieved – to know that there has been some progress in reforming Section 75 employer debt. You may remember that the DWP published its consultation on S75 back in Spring 2015. After 2 years and continuous pressure from CFG, our members and corporate partners, the government has responded and the DWP managed to push out its response ahead of the election. This blog post takes you through the proposals, what issues may need to be addressed and how you can feed into the consultation.

Navigating the Charity Pensions Maze

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March 23, 2017 at 10:53

Charity Finance Group has launched the 2017 edition of Navigating the Charity Pensions Maze. This is the definitive guide on pensions for charities. We know that charities want to get their pension provision right – not just to do right by their employees, but to also ensure that they are not putting the organisation’s reputation at risk. Anecdotally I have heard from pension providers and The Pensions Regulator, that charities are particularly concerned about getting their pensions provision right. But, as we all know, the charity sector is facing some significant challenges when it comes to pensions.

Becoming an apprenticeship training provider

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March 20, 2017 at 13:16

Charities with a pay bill of over £3 million will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy from April this year. From the following month, they will be able to draw down their levy to cover the costs for training and assessing their apprentices. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has now published the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) which lists all the business, public sector employers and charities that you can use to deliver training and assessment from May 2017. In this blog post I will give a basic overview of the process that charities will need to undergo […]

Live Blog: Spring Budget 2017

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March 7, 2017 at 12:13

Welcome to Charity Finance Group’s Spring Budget Live Blog. Here the CFG policy team will keep you abreast of the all the developments in the lead up to the Budget and will provide live updates and early analysis during the Chancellor’s speech which begins at 12.30pm on Wednesday 8 March.

What does CFG want to see from the spring budget?

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March 2, 2017 at 14:17

The Budget – the biggest fiscal event of the year – is under a week away. This blog – in what is now CFG tradition – outlines the tax reforms that CFG has presented to the Chancellor in the run up to Budget in collaboration with other leading charity infrastructure bodies. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.