Budget Focus: Warning signs for charities in years ahead

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March 8, 2017 at 17:08

It is universally agreed that this has been a very spartan Budget for charities, with good news thin on the ground. My colleague Anjelica Finnegan has been putting together a live blog which goes through the spending announcements bit by bit – as well as expert corporate analysis. A few big measures may impact on the sector (for example, the £2bn cash injection into social care over three years) but overall there was little directly relevant for charities. However, as is frequently the case, it is not the headlines which will really shape the operating environment for charities but the […]

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 […]

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.

Autumn Statement In Focus: What is the economic outlook for charities?

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November 23, 2016 at 16:15

    The Economic and Fiscal Outlook has been published by the Office for Budget Responsibility and this gives a picture of the future shape of the economy, this is important for charities, in some ways more important than the spending measures and tax changes announced by the Chancellor.

Three things for charities to consider in the wake of Trump victory

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November 9, 2016 at 09:26

Despite the confidence of the pollsters, the unimaginable has become reality; Donald J Trump has been elected President of the United States.

Charging charities for regulation isn’t inevitable but it is risky and inefficient

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November 4, 2016 at 08:44

  The hookey-cokey of the Charity Commission consultation on charging charities for regulation continued on Wednesday, with the Chair of the Charity Commission once again saying that he viewed charging for charity regulation as ‘inevitable’.

You must not miss your chance to shape the next SORP

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October 27, 2016 at 16:10

The next SORP. I know that most charities don’t want to even think about it, but the fact is that the SORP 2015 will not last forever. Soon the Financial Reporting Council will be considering what the changes are to be made to the FRS (Financial Reporting Standards) and a new one will be unveiled in 2019.

Government must not miss this open goal to help small charities

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October 11, 2016 at 09:25

Follow the progress of the Bill via the hashtag #GASDS  Today, the House of Commons will be debating the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill. This is a Bill that seeks to improve the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS), which has been operation since April 2013 but has unfortunately failed to meet expectations since it was first announced in Budget 2011.

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.