Seven major rail and station operators across England and Wales have worked with the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board to make charity giving safer. This will see a standardised application process and requirements for charities wishing to fundraise...
A “technical consultation” has started on proposals to improve the clarity around qualifying conditions for Community Amateur Sports Clubs, as promised by the government. While not charities, CASCs have similar tax benefits.
HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that “single sourcing” direct mail contracts are liable for standard rate VAT from the start of this month.
Civil Society Media goes into the issues at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/18312/ – it may mean that it would be better to have separate contracts for printing, sorting and delivery.
NCVO is piloting a series of webinars, and has made a recording of one on ‘Handling conflicts and grievances’ available via YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q7PxP6a2tg.
Presented by HR Services Partnership, it covers the ACAS Code of Practice and guidance on handling grievances, grievance procedures, records, typical problems and top tips and advice. It lasts about 40 minutes.
Workplace experts ACAS have published a guide on shared parental leave, the new legal right which allows couples to share maternity or adoption leave and pay. It applies where a baby is due to be born on or after 5th April 2015 – we mentioned the initial version of the guide in newsletter 627.
The Scottish Government has set out its Budget for the next year. An SCVO article comments that “Beyond the hype about new tax powers, there aren’t any particularly exciting announcements for the third sector” and takes a closer look at the cash going into housing, health, community-based energy and more.
New Philanthropy Capital looks at why “after widespread warnings of the death of charity campaigning, a grand total of four charities” have decided to register with the Electoral Commission, the regulator responsible for implementing the new lobbying law, http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/dont-all-rush-at-once/.
Northern Ireland’s sector body NICVA has developed a new way for voluntary and community organisations to engage with political parties during the NI party conference season. Member organisations will be able to meet key party members at special “conversation zones”, see NICVA news item.
The national Get Online Week, to inspire people across the UK to get online and do more with digital skills, ran to 19th October, http://getonlineweek.com/. Scottish sector umbrella body SCVO has launched a ‘Digital Participation Charter‘ which has 5 core activities – more than fifty organisations have already pledged their support.