Sector 'extraordinarily disconnected' from public, CFG chair says
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15 Apr 2014 | David Ainsworth

Charities are becoming “extraordinarily disconnected” from donors and supporters who do not understand the work they do, Ian Theodoreson, chair of the Charity Finance Group and chief financial officer of the Church of England, said last week.

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Tax avoidance may be legal, but it is still obnoxious. And the rest of us pay additional tax as a result. If I were asked whether the accountants and legal experts who set up these schemes are 'fit and proper persons', I know what my answer would be.

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Hind and Leather defend schools decision in letter to MPs

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Japan launches Jacevo

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Treasury receives evidence that VAT discourages collaboration

Charity Tax Group has held a meeting with the Treasury to present evidence of how charities are being put off sharing back-office functions by a VAT charge that makes it too costly. Because the sharing of back office services – such as IT, finance and human resources staff – often requires a new organisation to be set up, this incurs VAT which can cancel out any savings.

School Councils UK goes into administration

A 15-year-old charity chaired by child development expert and author Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer has gone into administration after failing to secure enough funding to see it through the summer. School Councils UK, which promoted pupil participation in the running of schools, put itself into the hands of administrators on 17 July after the trustees opted not to personally underwrite the financial position. Ten staff have lost their jobs since May.

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