Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.
She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.
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Charities that were affected by the collapse of Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander have so far recovered 35 per cent of their deposits through the administration process.
Asylum-seeker clients of Refugee and Migrant Justice are taking the Justice and Home Secretaries to court in a bid to force the government to stump up close to £1m to cover the costs of transferring their legal cases to other lawyers.
Charity Tax Group is to ask the government to give charities the same VAT relief on non-business expenditure that local authorities are entitled to, on the 2.5 per cent VAT increase announced in today’s Budget.
Has the taxpayer gained? I don't think so - the small savings to the Treasury (after the redundancy costs) are far outweighed by the damaging consequences of an under-resourced charity regulator.
The rise in Capital Gains Tax announced in the emergency Budget could have a positive impact on philanthropy if wealthy individuals seek to avoid paying the higher rate by gifting more assets to charities.
Whitehall departments that are not ringfenced from public spending cuts will have to swallow average real budget reductions of around 25 per cent over the next four years, Chancellor George Osborne announced last month.
The coalition government’s move to raise VAT to 20 per cent from 4 January next year will lost the charity sector in the region of £143m, Charity Tax Group has estimated.
The coalition government is aiming to have the Big Society Bank open for business by April next year, according to the Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan published this week.