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.

Three things for charities to consider in the wake of Trump victory

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November 9, 2016 at 09:26

Despite the confidence of the pollsters, the unimaginable has become reality; Donald J Trump has been elected President of the United States.

Saying what we want: Devolution & Voluntary Sector Summit

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September 9, 2016 at 15:31

On Wednesday, over 30 voluntary sector leaders came together in London to discuss devolution and the voluntary sector.

Tony Armstrong looks at Devolution: working with local organisations to transform public services

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September 5, 2016 at 12:00

Public sector finances are under severe strain. Local authorities have faced increasingly tight budgets over the last six years, and the localisation of business rates, the phasing out of central government grants and the implications of Brexit, signal continued uncertainties to come – even with a potential ‘reset’ on the current path of austerity being hinted by Philip Hammond.