The Scottish Government has announced that groups north of the border with income under two hundred thousand pounds will now be exempt from water and sewerage charges. Third Force News states that over 19,000 of Scotland’s 23,500 charities will qualify,...
This month’s Disclosure and Barring Service newsletter includes a piece ‘Volunteers: who is eligible?’. They have seen a noticeable increase in some organisations submitting checks for volunteers who are not eligible for a DBS check, and this gives some basic guidance.
Third Force News reports on a European court judgement which means that routinely earned extra money, such as sleepover payments, should be included when calculating holiday pay. In many cases holiday pay has been based on basic earnings instead.
The latest Electoral Commission ‘Update’ notice on the new lobbying law gives details on their webinars, updated FAQ web page and a flowchart to help campaigners to decide if they will need to register with the Commission.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a report giving an overview on data protection issues around big data analytics. It also contributes to the debate on big data and privacy.
Download ‘Big data and data protection’ (pdf, 470KB) via http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/topic_guides/big_data.
Northern Ireland Social Care Council has developed a number of mobile apps to support workforce learning and development. Topics covered include Understanding Child Development, Domiciliary Care Toolkit. The apps and the thinking behind them may be of wider interest.
Personnel professional body CIPD believes that “used responsibly, zero-hours contracts can provide flexibility that works for both organisations and individuals. However, our research shows that poor practice does exist. Use our recently revised factsheet to see what good practice looks like.”
Sector consultancy nfpSynergy is in the process of publishing its second major report on volunteering. The popular ’21st Century Volunteer’ report came out in 2005, but many things in the world of volunteering have changed since then.
Following a recent investigation by the Charity Commission into negative balance sheets held by charities, Kate Sayer of Sayer Vincent accountants has written a short article ‘Charity finance – Beyond the balance sheet to a financial strategy’.
HM Revenue and Customs has recently rewritten its guidance on VAT for charities, replacing material which has been around since January 1995. The contents of VAT Notice 701/1 have been totally updated, and also restructured to improve readability.
A new website hopes to make it easier to access loans via a Community Development Finance Institution – for social enterprise and charities as well as local businesses or individuals. Finding Finance, at http://www.findingfinance.org.uk/, has been set up by Community Development Finance Association, the membership body for CDFIs.