12 Feb 2015
Proposals from the Smith Commission to give Scotland powers over the rate of income tax will have “significant implications” for tax relief on donations, charity infrastructure bodies said today.
Minister for civil society Nick Hurd told a gathering of sector people last week that the newly-knighted Sir Stuart Etherington has ordered a new pair of braces depicting knights in shining armour.
The government has advised water companies to pass the cost of subsidising community groups’ water drainage charges on to all their other customers, including low-income households.
The Fundraising Standards Board has shaken off sector speculation that it could be vulnerable to government cuts, with chief executive Alistair McLean saying that total self-sufficiency is within reach.
The new Defamation Bill should allow a charity to bring a defamation case if it can prove it has suffered serious reputational damage, not just substantial financial damage, according to Baroness Young of Hornsey.
Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!
Communitybuilders and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund are under review by the government.
Given the impact of failures in corporate governance on the global economy, interest in how to enhance governance and leadership has taken a front seat. As a new regime comes into private sector governance, Tesse Akpeki explores parallels in the voluntary and community governance world.
The Charity Tax Group is advocating that the best way to make progress on gift aid would be to move from the current paper-based system to a standard electronic database provided by HMRC to each charity.