First thoughts on impact of interest rates cut on charities

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August 4, 2016 at 17:54

For the first time since 2009 the Bank of England has moved interest rates, not up but down, to 0.25%. What does this mean for charities? Here are my first thoughts on this important economic decision.

Ten things you should know about the new power to make social investments

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August 1, 2016 at 10:53

The Charity Commission has produced interim guidance on the new social investment power which was passed in the recent Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. This came into force on the 31st July 2016. I’d encourage anyone interested in social investment to read the full guidance here, but in order to help busy trustees and charity finance teams, here are ten things you should know about the new power to make social investments

New report should prompt major re-evaluation of social investment

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July 26, 2016 at 17:35

Last week saw a report issued by Social Spider’s on social investment “The Forest for the Trees”.

Post-Brexit Autumn Statement is first key battleground

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July 14, 2016 at 14:20

This is not a reshuffle blog.

EU Referendum: Keep watching this space…

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June 24, 2016 at 09:43

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union and the Prime Minister has resigned. What does this mean for charities?

You don’t need to be a charity to do good…but it helps!

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June 1, 2016 at 10:00

A number of things have prompted me to write this piece, but the main driver was actually a question asked at CFG’s Annual Conference last Thursday from the audience. During a Policy Update that my colleague, Anjelica, and I gave someone asked what was being done to prevent money for public services being diverted into propping up the profits of private organisations. It was an excellent question, and not one that I could give a particularly good answer to. Part of my response was that the regulatory structure of charities is one of the many reasons why they are effective […]

Things to take from the NCVO Civil Society Almanac 2016

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April 15, 2016 at 17:27

Wisden…Whitakers…Old Farmer’s…all  great Almanacs, but one of the most valuable statistical compendiums has to be the NCVO Civil Society Almanac, upon which so many of us in the sector depend for insight.

Budget Focus: What was hidden in the numbers for charities?

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March 17, 2016 at 17:48

The Office for Budget Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook is where the real detail of the Budget resides. What was hidden in the numbers for charities this time around? Here are three things that we should take away.

A ‘straightjacket’ Budget: Pay, Tax Avoidance, Welfare and Assets

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March 11, 2016 at 09:01

Next week the Chancellor has to stand up and deliver his 8th Budget and it promises to be an interesting affair. If the last Spending Review saw the Chancellor play Father Christmas, this time the Chancellor may need to tap into his Dickensian side and summon up his inner Scrooge. My colleague, Anjelica Finnegan, has laid out in detail the issues concerning charities. But what hints do the economics data give us for what the Chancellor may do next Wednesday?

Charities need to stand up for Gift Aid, or risk losing it

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March 4, 2016 at 17:30

Today we have seen another ‘report’ (see Civil Society and Third Sector) on charities by the True and Fair Foundation. There isn’t any point dwelling on the report itself, but it is a  reminder that charities need to do more to explain and defend tax reliefs, such as Gift Aid.