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General Election 2017: The campaigns through a charity lens

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June 7, 2017 at 16:44

Tomorrow the country goes to the polls and the outcome is still uncertain. CFG has been quietly working on this election campaign, doing a number of briefings for MPs and Peers, as well as targeting support in seats where we felt some of the biggest charity finance issues (such as business rates, Apprenticeships Levy and Brexit) were most keenly felt. We are hoping to follow up with those contacts that we have made post-election so that the next government doesn’t ignore charity finance issues. But what has the campaign meant for charities? Here is a personal reflection, through a charity […]

CFG members should feel free to campaign in General Election 2017

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June 2, 2017 at 10:41

A message from Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group: Dear CFG members, As you will be aware there has been significant media coverage in recent days about the impact of the Lobbying Act on charity campaigning. As members of NCVO and as a membership body ourselves, CFG supports the call from Sir Stuart Etherington for charities to continue to be confident on campaigning and to not self-censor. We know that the Lobbying Act has increased the burden of reporting requirements on charities when it comes to campaigning. This is a burden we would like to see significantly reduced or […]

General Election 2017: Conservative Manifesto Charity Analysis

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May 19, 2017 at 14:35

CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our third and final analysis, of the Conservative Manifesto. 

General Election 2017: Liberal Democrats Manifesto Charity Analysis

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May 19, 2017 at 14:15

CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our second analysis, of the Liberal Democrats Manifesto. 

CFG Chair Speech to Annual Conference 2017

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May 18, 2017 at 09:45

CFG Chair, Ian Theodoreson Speech to the CFG Annual Conference 2017

What can charities learn from the international cyber attack?

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May 16, 2017 at 17:49

Following the widely reported cyber-attack over the weekend on the NHS, and over 300,000 computers in 150 countries, it is important to look at what charities can learn from this attack.

General Election 2017: Labour Manifesto Charity Analysis

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May 12, 2017 at 09:52

CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our first analysis of the Labour Party Manifesto 2017. Charity Sector Analysis The Labour Party manifesto balances the budget through tax increases mostly aimed at business. For charities, VAT will be protected from tax increases which means that the irrecoverable VAT bill would not increase further. Increasing taxes for higher rate taxpayers could both push down level of donations from this group (as they have less disposable income) but would make Gift Aid tax relief more attractive. VAT relief […]

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.

General Election 2017

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May 8, 2017 at 10:06

In the run up to the General Election on 8 June this blog post will provide you with all the resources and analysis CFG produces. We urge you to use them to inform politicians and their parties of the transformative role charities can play and what they as political actors can do to ensure charities achieve their full potential.

A step closer to reforming Section 75

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April 28, 2017 at 17:13

If your charity is part of a non-associated multi-employer pension scheme you will be pleased – and relieved – to know that there has been some progress in reforming Section 75 employer debt. You may remember that the DWP published its consultation on S75 back in Spring 2015. After 2 years and continuous pressure from CFG, our members and corporate partners, the government has responded and the DWP managed to push out its response ahead of the election. This blog post takes you through the proposals, what issues may need to be addressed and how you can feed into the consultation.