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 […]

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).

Budget Focus: Welfare in flux – what does this mean for charities?

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March 21, 2016 at 17:42

After Iain Duncan Smith’s shock resignation from the cabinet this weekend, the government have announced that they will drop their controversial plans to change the way that the daily living component of the disability benefit – the PIP – is calculated from January next year. This is welcome news, especially for the people that would have been affected by the £4bn cut, and the charities that support them. But there is little time for complacency as the Chancellor will now have to look elsewhere for these savings. How might charities be affected? 

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.

Early analysis of Budget 2016: a missed opportunity

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March 16, 2016 at 16:12

Whilst charities will no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief – not least because the axe over mandatory business rate reliefs seem to have been taken away – the sector shouldn’t be complacent.

Live Blog: #Budget2016

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March 15, 2016 at 12:16

On Wednesday 16th March at 12:30pm the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his 8th Budget. If you can’t tune into the Chancellor’s speech, then do follow this blog for key announcements and early analysis of how they will impact on the charity sector. 

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?

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. 

LIVE BLOG: #SR2015

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November 25, 2015 at 11:06

On Wednesday the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his joint 5 year Spending Review and Autumn Statement in what is being referred to as, Super Wednesday, here at CFG. The announcements, far from being ‘super’, are set to spell out continued difficult times ahead for the charity sector.