Why has CFG written a report on potential Brexit deals?

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August 1, 2017 at 10:35

 As you may have read in the newspapers, Charity Finance Group has drafted a report on the potential opportunities and risks facing the charity sector on Brexit. We have considered the two main scenarios being considered at the moment, a Brexit deal which means that we remain in the Single Market and the customs union and a scenario where we leave the Single Market and customs union. Our analysis indicates that there are significant risks to UK charities staying in the Single Market and customs union if this leads to the continuation of EU rules on tax, public service regulations […]

Probate fees for charities accessing legacies doesn’t make sense

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July 12, 2017 at 15:59

CFG has signed a letter to the Times with other charities about the proposals for probate fees to access estates, which could cost charities £18m a year according to the Institute of Legacy Management. We also wrote to the new Minister for Courts on their appointment about this issue. We thought that they were dead, but it looks like we may have only got a temporary reprieve.

The government is in danger of ignoring social issues in Brexit talks

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July 5, 2017 at 09:30

It’s only been a year and it is clear that the public are starting to get Brexit fatigue. The most recent General Election was dubbed the ‘Brexit election’ but yet there was surprisingly little debate about Brexit, with issues funding public services and terrorism policy dominating the debate. Yet we still have two years before a deal is likely to be agreed and the government is already talking with the EU about our future relationship. So however heavy our eyelids might get, it is important that charities stay awake to Brexit and the consequences of the negotiation.

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 […]