Live Blog: Spring Budget 2017

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March 7, 2017 at 12:13

Welcome to Charity Finance Group’s Spring Budget Live Blog. Here the CFG policy team will keep you abreast of the all the developments in the lead up to the Budget and will provide live updates and early analysis during the Chancellor’s speech which begins at 12.30pm on Wednesday 8 March.

Apprenticeship Levy – how to register for the apprenticeship service

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February 17, 2017 at 17:30

The Apprenticeship Levy is just round the corner. Are you one of the 1,200 charities that will be paying the levy? Do you know how to sign up to the Digital Apprenticeship Service? If not, this short blog will point you in the right direction.

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).

Auto-enrolment update from The Pensions Regulator

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February 3, 2017 at 10:36

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) 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 Charles Counsell, Executive Director at TPR offers his reflections on the AE process. This blog also provides links to CFG’s guidance for small & micro charities going through the auto-enrolment process now. 

If I was Prime Minister for a day…

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January 12, 2017 at 11:00

On Monday the Prime Minister spoke at the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting. In her speech she talked about the ‘shared society’. In this blog CFG’s policy team Anjelica, Heather and Andrew will present one policy that they would introduce to bring about a truly ‘shared society’ if they were Prime Minister of the day. 

Calling small and large charities: have your say on the Apprenticeship Levy

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January 4, 2017 at 17:48

With the new year comes another consultation. This time on how large charities who will pay the Apprenticeship Levy will be able to transfer some of their levy funds to other employers (including small charities). This blog will take you through the current proposals to enable levy paying employers to transfer their funds and how you can feed into the consultation.

Autumn Statement in Focus: what the announcements mean for charities

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November 23, 2016 at 18:00

This Autumn Statement made very little direct mention of the charity sector, except for the planned changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Schemes. However, there are plenty of measures outlined in the Treasury and Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) reports to unpick and assess what impact they will have on charities.

Live Blog: Autumn Statement 2016

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November 22, 2016 at 13:15

Welcome to CFG’s 2016 Autumn Statement live blog! For those of you that have followed CFG’s Budget and Autumn Statement analysis previously, welcome back. To anybody new to this, welcome. This blog will keep you abreast of the all the developments in the lead up to the Autumn Statement and will provide live updates and early analysis during the Chancellor’s speech which begins at 12.30pm on Wednesday 23rd November.

Fighting Darkness with Light: My speech to the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016

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November 18, 2016 at 11:51

This is a transcript of the speech that Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group, delivered at the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016.

Should trustees worry about fraud?

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November 9, 2016 at 13:07

Trustees Week 7 – 13 November 2016 Many people still think that financial controls and audit activity is all about preventing and detecting fraud – well not quite. It’s actually about complete and accurate data so you can base your decisions on reliable information. Fraud is just one of the reasons why your records may be false. But how should trustees get some assurance about the management of fraud risks to their organisation? An important first step is to talk about fraud. Many shy away from such discussions but in doing so, they stumble at the first hurdle. Boards need […]