Further updates on Charities Online claims

HM Revenue and Customs has issued further guidance on the Charities Online service, which becomes available from 22nd April, see ‘Three options for making claims using Charities Online’ at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/online/claims.htm.

The third option is a new paper repayment claim form (ChR1), replacing all existing R68 claim forms, which can be ordered from the HMRC Charities Helpline from 25th March.

Those registered with HMRC as an agent or nominee who can make Gift Aid or other tax repayment claims on behalf of charities and CASCs can sign up to the new Charities for Agents online service, see http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/online/agents.htm » Continue reading news item ... “Further updates on Charities Online claims”

Copyright concession extended

CharityComms reports that the Newspaper Licensing Agency has extended the discounts it offers charities on their media licensing fees, to cover content from newspaper websites and the republishing of newspaper content for publicity purposes on charity websites.

See CharityComms piece, which includes details of their on-going campaign on the subject, and NLA news item is at http://blog.nla.co.uk/nla-blog/2013/3/6/charity-licensing-discount-to-be-extended.html.

The role of technology in future advice work

NCVO’s discussion pages has a guest article from the Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support, which is developing “a strategy for access to advice and support on Social Welfare Law in England and Wales”.

The article title is ‘The future of advice: what role for technology?‘ and asks for input before a 26th March round table on the subject*. » Continue reading news item ... “The role of technology in future advice work”

Support for creating neighbourhood plans

Community organisations body Locality has been given funding to provide a new programme of support and grants to help communities create neighbourhood plans.

The Neighbourhood Planning fund and support programme will run for two years from 1st May 2013, with groups able to bid for up to seven thousand pounds to help them produce their plan.

Locality news item, or government announcement.

Should local Welsh sector Compacts be mandated?

The Welsh Government commissioned research to help inform its decision on whether to introduce a statutory requirement for Welsh local authorities to establish compacts with third sector organisations in their areas. The report suggests that the government could put more pressure on local authorities that don’t have local compacts to put them in place, but stops short of recommending statutory force.

See Third Sector news item http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/go/news/article/1175235/ » Continue reading news item ... “Should local Welsh sector Compacts be mandated?”