EU Referendum: What could this mean for charities?

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June 6, 2016 at 17:10

As the 23rd June appears closer and closer this Europe’s Final Countdown song has never felt more relevant as the UK public decides whether they will be voting to remain or leave European Union (EU).

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?

How is local government using social investment?

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February 29, 2016 at 12:49

A shorter version of this article can be found in Charity Finance Group’s latest Economic Outlook Briefing which can be downloaded (for free) here. This edition’s theme is local government and its changing relationship with the charity sector.   Geetha Rabindrakumar, Head of Social Sector Engagement, Big Society Capital talks about how local authorities are using innovative new social investment methods to tackle long term problems in the midst of a challenging financial climate.  With continued cuts to local government funding, and pressure on services, social investment offers both local authorities and charity providers one tool which could help to catalyse some of […]

Hunting for the silver lining; the IFS, the economy and charities.

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February 12, 2016 at 15:07

This week I attended the IFS’s Green Budget 2016 event, which provides an essential commentary on the economic issues facing the current government over the next Parliament. The report comes at a pertinent time as the world economy faced a turbulent week in the stock markets. I’m going to look what this could mean for the charity sector by 2020.

What did the Romans ever know about data protection?

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January 19, 2016 at 17:33

As usual, quite a lot. Caesar famously used his cipher device to protect important and sensitive military data among his generals. So what can we learn from the famous Roman?

What’s in local government’s Christmas stocking?

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December 17, 2015 at 16:56

It’s Christmas and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has unveiled the government’s provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2016-17. The Local Government Finance Settlement is effectively a ‘Local Government Budget’ for the year and its provisional nature means it is open for consultation. Overall, this year’s stocking was filled with a combination of lumps of coals and a couple of potentially tasty oranges (ho, ho, ho). Here are the headlines that charities need to know.

What do charities need to know about the Spending Review?

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November 25, 2015 at 17:06

This Spending Review was full of surprises. As you may have seen from our live blog, we did not expect that the chancellor would have the wiggle room to avoid front-loading cuts early on the in the Parliament. Osborne made a number of positive announcements, and  many charities will be leaving the office today with a sense of relief. 

Tackling some myths on the Spending Review

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September 10, 2015 at 17:21

If you listen very carefully when you walk down Whitehall you’ll hear the grumblings and table thumping of officials as they prepare for the Spending Review due to be announced on the 25th November 2015. The Spending Review is very much akin to a ‘super’ Autumn Statement, it is a review of all public spending to ensure that it meets the government’s priorities in an efficient and cost-effective way over this Parliament. Despite government spending cuts, the voluntary sector received £13.3bn in income from government grants and contracts (local, national and international). So this is going to be an incredibly […]

The time for ‘rational optimism’ – A response to Matt Ridley

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August 19, 2015 at 10:19

Another week and another article from a national newspaper calling for a ‘radical’ rethink about the charity sector (or a ‘radical cleansing’) as Viscount Ridley put it. It’s certainly been a tough few months for charities which have seen considerable scrutiny about how they operate. Although it can be uncomfortable at times, we should always welcome public debate into how charities work and the activities that they undertake. However, while we should welcome scrutiny, we should not be afraid to combat misconceptions about the sector. Public understanding and trust in charities will not be enhanced if we do not correct […]