What do the latest Budget 2017 economic numbers mean for charities?

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November 23, 2017 at 09:10

The Budget is out, the CFG Budget Briefing for charities is available to download from our website, the dust appears to have settled pretty quickly on this Budget. But what does the wider economic picture mean for charities?

Live Blog: Autumn Budget 2017

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November 22, 2017 at 09:37

On Wednesday 22nd November at 12:30pm the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will deliver the first Budget since the General Election in June. If you can’t tune into the Chancellor’s speech, then do follow this blog for key announcements and early analysis of how they will impact on the charity sector. 

What should charities expect from the Autumn Budget 2017?

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November 17, 2017 at 09:43

It’s that time of the year again when the newspapers are full of gossip about potential giveaways or shocking tax changes which are going to cost eye-watering sums of money. Over recent years, charities have got used to Budgets being “missed opportunities” and passing by without much of an impact. But we cannot be complacent as charities. Tax reliefs for charities are worth billions every year and over 1/3 of our income comes from government. Simply put, what the Chancellor says matters. So what we can expect from the Autumn Budget?

Where are the ‘automatic stabilisers’ for charities income?

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September 26, 2017 at 17:07

This blog post is prompted by the Association of Charitable Foundation’s (ACF) latest Giving Trends research, which is a must-read for everyone in the charity sector.

Government no longer has the luxury of ignoring charities

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September 25, 2017 at 15:01

Charity Finance Group has made two submissions to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget. One alongside a coalition of other representative bodies. The other, on our own, regarding charity tax reform.

Could political instability create financial instability for charities?

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August 23, 2017 at 10:59

Charities have operated for some time in the midst of economic instability. This has become the bread and butter for most organisations – the recession, cuts in government spending or fundraising regulation changes. However over the past two years, we have also seen increasing political instability (the snap election and Brexit just a couple of obvious examples) has certainly created policy uncertainty for charities. But could political instability also have a financial repercussion for charities? Earlier this week, I attended a seminar led by David Hart of Northumbria University on a new report Charity Begins at Home which has tried […]

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.

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 […]

IFS 2017 Green Budget – the good, the bad, and the worrying?

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February 10, 2017 at 14:41

On Tuesday I attended the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Green Budget for 2017. This is an annual event where the IFS looks at economic issues facing the Chancellor before his first Spring Budget in on 8 March 2017 (CFG will be Live Blogging on the day).

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.