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? 

Early analysis of Budget 2016: a missed opportunity

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March 16, 2016 at 16:12

Whilst charities will no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief – not least because the axe over mandatory business rate reliefs seem to have been taken away – the sector shouldn’t be complacent.

Live Blog: #Budget2016

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March 15, 2016 at 12:16

On Wednesday 16th March at 12:30pm the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his 8th Budget. If you can’t tune into the Chancellor’s speech, then do follow this blog for key announcements and early analysis of how they will impact on the charity sector. 

What does CFG want to see from #Budget2016?

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March 10, 2016 at 10:24

It’s that time of year again where we wait with bated breath for the Chancellor to reveal his tax proposals. In this blog, I outline what we can expect from the budget and what policy solutions we would like to see included in the budget to provide much needed strategic support for the sector.

Charging charities for their regulation: A fait accompli?

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February 5, 2016 at 17:31

This morning Hannah Sergeant, research fellow for the Centre for Policy Studies, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the chair of the charity commission, William Shawcross,  is “trying to get charities to themselves pay for their own regulator”. This raises the concern that the expected consultation on Commission’s funding structure will be more a case of going through the motions rather than a genuine investigation.

What Regulation, Who Pays? Public Opinion and Charity Regulation

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January 13, 2016 at 17:48

CFG has today published a new report, What Regulation, Who Pays? Public Opinion and Charity Regulation. The research was conducted by Dr Eddy Hogg from the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent. The aim of the research was to explore in detail the public attitude to charity regulation, and who they think should foot the bill for that regulation.

What do charities need to know about the Spending Review?

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November 25, 2015 at 17:06

This Spending Review was full of surprises. As you may have seen from our live blog, we did not expect that the chancellor would have the wiggle room to avoid front-loading cuts early on the in the Parliament. Osborne made a number of positive announcements, and  many charities will be leaving the office today with a sense of relief. 

LIVE BLOG: #SR2015

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November 25, 2015 at 11:06

On Wednesday the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his joint 5 year Spending Review and Autumn Statement in what is being referred to as, Super Wednesday, here at CFG. The announcements, far from being ‘super’, are set to spell out continued difficult times ahead for the charity sector.