Community radio licensing for East of England

Ofcom is inviting applications for community radio licences in the East of England (with Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes), to be submitted by 16th December.

Community Media Association news item http://www.commedia.org.uk/news/2014/09/ofcom-radio-east-england/ or download the Ofcom details (pdf, 338KB).

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Coping with the Lobbying Act

Some useful material for those considering whether their organisation needs to register under the Lobbying Act, now that it is fully in effect for the 2015 general election.

  •  NCVO has decided not to register with the Electoral Commission, and has shared its board paper, along with some notes on the process and discussion. This NCVO article looks to be very helpful.

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Payments for military reservists

New regulations on payments to military reservists come into force on 1st October – The Reserve Forces (Payments to Employers and Partners) Regulations 2014, http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/2410/contents/made.

At present, when called up, reservists are paid directly by the Ministry of Defence, and employers can claim expenses in respect of additional costs incurred. From October, small and medium employers will also be able to receive up to £500 per month for each full month a reservist is absent from work (reduced pro rata for parts of a month, or part-time workers).

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