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Becoming an apprenticeship training provider

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March 20, 2017 at 13:16

Charities with a pay bill of over £3 million will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy from April this year. From the following month, they will be able to draw down their levy to cover the costs for training and assessing their apprentices. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has now published the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) which lists all the business, public sector employers and charities that you can use to deliver training and assessment from May 2017. In this blog post I will give a basic overview of the process that charities will need to undergo […]

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 […]

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.

What does CFG want to see from the spring budget?

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March 2, 2017 at 14:17

The Budget – the biggest fiscal event of the year – is under a week away. This blog – in what is now CFG tradition – outlines the tax reforms that CFG has presented to the Chancellor in the run up to Budget in collaboration with other leading charity infrastructure bodies. 

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. 

Responsible Record Keeping: what do voluntary organisations need to know?

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January 31, 2017 at 13:22

In this guest blog, Dr Charlotte Clements, Research Assistant on the British Academy project ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare’, writes about the need for charities to have good archives and record management and how our new project can support you. 

What does Theresa May’s Brexit Speech mean for charities?

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January 17, 2017 at 18:22

Theresa May has made ‘The Big Speech’ on Brexit today – although negotiation is a long process and the government’s position is likely to change and evolve over the next two years. Yet this is an important first step towards what the final deal may look like. But what does it mean for charities? Here is my analysis: Exiting Single Market helps charities on key financial policy issues… ‘Clean’ Brexit (i.e. exiting the Single Market) could impact on the economy and therefore on the conditions that the charity sector has to operate within. This could have damaging consequences for the […]

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.