Labour and the third sector

The Labour Party has launched a consultation to review and strengthen the relationship between Labour and the third sector, and to understand sector priorities. It covers seven key issues: volunteering, people in the voluntary sector, supporting charities to grow, charities and procurement, the Big Lottery Fund, charity campaigns, and the Charity Commission.

Closing date 15th September.

Outreach team for HMRC Charities section

An article on accountancy body ICAEW’s charity forum reports that the Charities section of HM Revenue and Customs has set up a dedicated Outreach Team to offer help and support to charities to enable them to get things right first time.

Located in Bootle, the team has 15 members, with the objective “To help charities understand, benefit and claim reliefs through Gift Aid, the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and the Employment Allowance”. » Continue reading news item ... “Outreach team for HMRC Charities section”

Social investment support and perspectives

Alongside its 2014 update on ‘Growing the social investment market’, the government has announced an investment fund to help more social ventures benefit from social finance. It is for social ventures who have high potential but struggle to access finance, and who could benefit from business capacity building support in preparing for bidding for social investment.

Civil Society Media has a wide-ranging social investment article at » Continue reading news item ... “Social investment support and perspectives”