Charities must not let Brexit negotiations get away from them

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June 19, 2017 at 15:01

The government has formally begun its Brexit negotiations with the EU – so expect lots of awkward looking photographs of UK and European politicians sitting across from each other. It’s very early on, and already the government’s position is starting to adapt due to the election result, but the early moves in the negotiation could have big long term consequences both for the UK and for the charity sector.

LIVE BLOG: General Election 2017

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June 9, 2017 at 09:01

Follow CFG’s analysis of what General Election 2017 means for charities via our Live Blog.

General Election 2017: The campaigns through a charity lens

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June 7, 2017 at 16:44

Tomorrow the country goes to the polls and the outcome is still uncertain. CFG has been quietly working on this election campaign, doing a number of briefings for MPs and Peers, as well as targeting support in seats where we felt some of the biggest charity finance issues (such as business rates, Apprenticeships Levy and Brexit) were most keenly felt. We are hoping to follow up with those contacts that we have made post-election so that the next government doesn’t ignore charity finance issues. But what has the campaign meant for charities? Here is a personal reflection, through a charity […]

General Election 2017: Conservative Manifesto Charity Analysis

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May 19, 2017 at 14:35

CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our third and final analysis, of the Conservative Manifesto. 

General Election 2017: Liberal Democrats Manifesto Charity Analysis

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May 19, 2017 at 14:15

CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our second analysis, of the Liberal Democrats Manifesto. 

CFG Chair Speech to Annual Conference 2017

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May 18, 2017 at 09:45

CFG Chair, Ian Theodoreson Speech to the CFG Annual Conference 2017

General Election 2017: Labour Manifesto Charity Analysis

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May 12, 2017 at 09:52

CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our first analysis of the Labour Party Manifesto 2017. Charity Sector Analysis The Labour Party manifesto balances the budget through tax increases mostly aimed at business. For charities, VAT will be protected from tax increases which means that the irrecoverable VAT bill would not increase further. Increasing taxes for higher rate taxpayers could both push down level of donations from this group (as they have less disposable income) but would make Gift Aid tax relief more attractive. VAT relief […]

NCVO Almanac points to fundamental shifts in the charity operating environment

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May 9, 2017 at 12:10

NCVO has just published summary data from its Almanac 2017 and as always, it is a fascinating read. The launch is tonight, so I’m looking forward to what the NCVO team have to say about the key findings. However initial reading does point to fundamental shifts in the operating and funding environment for charities. Some of these we have known for some time but the data appears to be confirming them. All of them have consequences for how charities plan ahead and the risks that we face.

Common Gift Aid Questions Answered by HMRC

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April 27, 2017 at 13:41

On the 31st March 2017, CFG hosted its regularly Gift Aid Conference  which was attended by charities, tax specialists and HMRC. HMRC’s Charity Outreach Team, led by Andrew Kayley, spoke about the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and Gift Aid and generously promised to respond to some questions raised in writing. Here are some of the queries and answers that were given by Andrew: Small Charitable Donations scheme (GASDS) & Refreshments  A payment for refreshments after a church service, at a fundraising event or a payment made to have a car washed are not eligible small donations. However, when a charge is […]

GE 2017: Charities must not be afraid to make a case for themselves

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April 18, 2017 at 16:02

Theresa May has called a General Election for the 8th June. NCVO has some good information for charities that are thinking about campaigning and I am sure that they will be providing more support to charities on how to work within the Lobbying Act. However, with only 51 days from now until the election, charities need to get their act together quickly if we are going to shape the agenda to ensure that we are best able to support our beneficiaries. Here are some thoughts on how we can do this. 1. We must link charities with the biggest challenges […]