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 […]

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.

Let’s talk about the F-word

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October 28, 2016 at 13:43

So what do we mean when we say the ‘F’ word? Are we talking about watching Gordon Ramsay shout at helpless cooks for an hour or two on the TV? Nope, we’re talking about something much more exciting (and more important!) F.R.A.U.D. 

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.

Fighting Darkness with Light: My speech at CFG’s Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016

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October 18, 2016 at 09:30

This is a transcript of the speech Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group, gave at the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner on the 17th November 2016. 

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.