Personal health budgets and charities
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Personal health budgets and charities

10 Nov 2014

Iam Hempseed considers how the expansion of personal health budgets affects charities.

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Leading a troubled world

Tania Mason talks to Paul Winter, the ‘leaders’ leader’, about leadership training, charity bursaries, and getting back to our roots.

Granting wishes: grantmakers plans for the short and long term

In April, the Association of Charitable Foundations conducted a survey of its members to explore the prospects for grantmaking in the short and longer-term. The results paint a broadly positive picture for charities seeking funding, says David Emerson.

New protections ahead

The Independent Safeguarding Authority and the new Vetting and Barring Scheme: Jean Tsang asks are you ready?

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley, the first Ambassador for Philanthropy, shares her high hopes – and a few high tech hints – for charities.

The widely held view that charities should stick to doing good works and stay clear of campaigning is a recipe for social stagnation. The world has changed, charities need to change with it and speak truth to power about what it takes to solve root causes of societal ills rather than pussyfoot around problems.

» Liberal influence: Andrew Hind interviews Lord Rennard

Community Housing Association Limited v Commissioners for HMRC 2009 EWHC 455

The High Court has handed down a judgment in a VAT recovery case that is of interest to housing associations, registered social landlords and other charities that fund, design and build social housing projects. The difficulties faced by developers and construction firms as a result of the recession may result in projects being developed ‘in house’ rather than relying on external developers. However, going ‘in house’ can have an adverse effect on the ability to recover VAT on costs incurred in the course of the development.

Partial exemption changes

Little to fear, little to get excited about, says Richard Bray.

Compulsory registration of land

The Land Registry’s long-term objective of creating a comprehensive land register for England and Wales was brought a step closer on 6 April by the introduction of two new triggers for compulsory first registration of land, one of which is likely to be relevant to quite a number of charities. The appointment of a new trustee of unregistered land held in trust where the land vests in the new trustee by deed (including a memorandum executed as a deed to which section 83 of the Charities Act 1993 applies) or by vesting order under section 44 of the Trustee Act 1925 will now trigger first registration of the land. If you are involved with a trust which holds unregistered land and a change of trustees is proposed then you should seek legal advice.The Land Registry notes that currently 67 per cent of the land in England and Wales is registered. The remainder amounts to some 5.2 million hectares. The Registry anticipates that the new triggers will lead to the registration of more than one million hectares of land within five years. In combination with the original triggers and voluntary first registrations this is expected to see 80 per cent of all land in England and Wales registered by August 2013. The new trustee trigger will be highly relevant to any trust holding unregistered land although it will have the greatest impact, statistically at least, on landed estates and charities.

Death in service benefits - are you liable?

When pensions simplification came into effect on 6 April 2006, it did little to simplify the UK's pension regulations. One often overlooked area of pensions impacted by the changes is life cover. Historically, death in service benefits have usually been provided through pension schemes for staff, to avoid inheritance tax, so they are caught by the new legislation. Pensions simplification introduced the concept of registered benefit schemes, and most death in service benefits fall into this category. Existing exempt approved pension arrangements were automatically granted registered status when the new legislation took effect.

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