Snowdon hydro weir (credit: National Trust/John Miller)

National Trust will sell green energy back to supplier

24 Apr 2014 | Kirsty Weakley

The National Trust has launched a renewable energy trading company to sell electricity generated on its land back to its supplier, as part of the charity's plan to save £4m per year on its energy costs.


National Trust will sell green energy back to supplier

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Tax Group prepares for 'best chance' campaign on irrecoverable VAT

Charity Tax Group is drawing up a campaign action plan for its submission to the European Commission consultation on the taxation of public bodies, in a bid to change the law which prevents service delivery charities reclaiming VAT.

Gift aid claims ensure overall profit

The number of charity shops claiming gift aid on items sold has more than doubled in the last year, from 16 per cent to 33 per cent, resulting in a total of £6.6m gift aid being claimed during the year. On average, charity shops were able to convince a quarter of their donors to make their donations gift aid-able, up from 19 per cent last year.

Euclid consults on European financial regulations

The Euclid Network has launched a consultation on the reform of European financial regulations, as it prepares to give advice to the European Commission (EC) on the subject. The EC’s Directorate-General for Budget (DG Budget) began a review of the regulations, which control all grants and tenders disbursed worldwide, earlier this year.

Meet austerity with energy

Monday 29 October sees the return of Charity Finance Live, the annual strategic and personal development conference for charity finance leaders. After one of the most tumultuous years in the economy in living memory, this conference will focus on the immediate and mid- term prospects for charity income streams, the implications for transparency and reporting in a fast digitising society and read the runes regarding the increasingly sensitive interfaces with the public and commercial sectors as ‘big’ charity gets ever bigger.

A single and largely centralised body will never meet the need for a regulatory body to oversee an increasingly diverse sector.

» Hodge moots 'bonfire' of the Charity Commission

Communitybuilders format announced

The Adventure Capital Fund (ACF) has announced that the format of the £70m Communitybuilders Fund has been agreed and that it will open on Monday 7 September. The fund is designed to provide “a mix of loans, grants and mentoring support to a range of community anchor-type organisations across England”.

Pensions decision made, but consultation continues

A consultation currently being held to determine the future of Help the Aged’s pension scheme has been labelled a “sham” as the decision to close the scheme has already been taken. The charity, which merged with Age Concern, is still officially saying a consultation period is underway, and will end by 1 October.

National Trust Scotland head office sale sparks renewed concern

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is looking to sell its grade-A listed headquarters, angering once again those that believe it is not consulting its members on key decisions. Campaigning group In Trust for Scotland (ITFS), which is calling for an EGM so recent decisions, including the closure of some historical properties, can be fully debated, said the news was another example of the executive board and management attempting to “circumvent the NTS Council in making major decisions”.

Volunteering enquiries still on the up

Volunteering enquiries are continuing to rise with Vodafone Foundation reporting that entries for its World of Difference volunteering programme have doubled since last year. Over 1,000 people have applied to win one of eight placements where volunteers get a one year paid work placement at a UK registered charity abroad of their choice. The scheme had 487 entries in 2008.

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