Government must get on with pensions reform

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November 7, 2016 at 09:14

Today the Daily Mail has written a piece on charities defined benefit pension schemes – this has shone a light on the need for government to kick start long awaited pensions reform.

Apprenticeship levy update – October 2016

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October 25, 2016 at 17:41

This morning the Department for Education announced updates to their plans for reforming the apprenticeship system. Of particular interest to charities is the extension in the time that employers will be allowed to spend their levy, and the launch of the applications process for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Autumn Statement 2016: what have national infrastructure bodies called for?

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October 13, 2016 at 17:16

As my colleague Andrew has argued back in July, the Post-Brexit Autumn Statement is the first key battleground for the charity sector. CFG has worked with ACEVO, Association of Charitable Foundations, Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising, Locality, NAVCA, NCVO, Small Charities Coalition, Social Enterprise UK, and Voice4Change to develop a series of policy options for the Treasury. You can download the submission on CFG’s website.

Small charities and auto-enrolment: choosing a pension scheme

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September 19, 2016 at 15:33

The Pensions Regulator provides CFG monthly auto-enrolment updates. These blogs provide the latest guidance and messages from the regulator adapted by CFG for the charity sector. This month provides top tips for choosing a pension scheme.

What small charities need to know about auto-enrolment and assessing staff

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August 18, 2016 at 15:14

Small and micro charities are coming up to their auto-enrolment staging dates. This blog provides a quick refresh for those people currently going through the process of getting their charities ready to stage.

‘Be the change you wish to see in the world': Caron’s reflections on Brexit and what’s next for the sector

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July 15, 2016 at 18:04

Ordinarily I would limit my opinion pieces to matters of a more overtly financial nature however having spoken at the fundraising convention recently on the impact of Brexit I thought I would broaden my observations and share some of my thoughts about the role the sector could, and arguably should, take in the aftermath of the referendum.

Guest blog: Stamp duty increase reinforces case for charity investors to invest in stamp-exempt funds

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June 15, 2016 at 16:07

In this guest blog, James Thornton from Mayfair Capital explores a more hidden benefit for charity investors from the Budget back in March.

Guest blog: SAVE Financial Planning

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June 13, 2016 at 11:22

This Guest blog is by Nick Dugdale, International Financial Planning & Analysis Manager at Compassion in World Farming, and treasurer at Attitude is Everything. Nick is undertaking a project looking at developing charities’ risk and reserves management (called SAVE Financial Management) and is keen to hear from charities who might find the approach useful.

Guest blog: Insights into charity investment practices

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June 10, 2016 at 10:25

This guest blog is courtesy of Newton Investment Management. It provides an overview of some of the key findings from their recent survey of charity leaders, shedding light of charity investment practices and portfolios. The 2016 survey is now open. 

What charities need to know about the Local Government Pension Scheme

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June 1, 2016 at 14:56

Charles Russell Speechlys on behalf of CFG, have produced a briefing to set out charities’ options for participation in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and managing exit payments. This was done with a view to better equip charities to understand the potential risks of taking on public service contracts, before they sign on the dotted line. You can now download the briefing on the CFG website.