Another try at simplifying Gift Aid donor benefit rules

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a further consultation on simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefits rules.

This follows an earlier consultation which ended May 2016 – it received 61 responses but didn’t get a clear consensus settling on a single reform proposal. Fundraising UK gives further background.

Download ‘Simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefits rules: response to the consultation and further consultation’ (30 page pdf) via the consultation page. » Continue reading news item ... “Another try at simplifying Gift Aid donor benefit rules”

Proposals on future licences for community radio

Regulator Ofcom has started a consultation on ‘Community Radio: future licensing and technical policy’.

After more than a decade issuing of Ofcom issuing licences, there are now nearly 250 community radio stations in the UK.

Ofcom is coming to the end of its third round of community radio licensing and would like to offer more licences where suitable spectrum is available.  We propose to run a fourth round, which will be shorter and more focused than previous rounds, and this consultation seeks views on our preferred licensing approach for this forthcoming round.

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Charity Commission updates guidance on serious incidents, launches anti-fraud resource

The Charity Commission is consulting on proposed updates to its guidance for charities ‘What to do if something goes wrong: reporting serious incidents’. The guidance

aims to help charities identify what to report and when. Listing the most common types of incidents, the guidance explains what should be reported to the Commission (as well as to the police and other regulators). New checklists and a table of examples of what, and what not, to report to the Commission are included.

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Technical legal issues: trust corporation, change of purpose

As reported by Civil Society News, the Law Commission is consulting on proposals to make it easier for incorporated charities to achieve ‘trust corporation’ status which allows them to sell land they hold in trust.

This is one of two new technical points in a short supplementary consultation paper examining issues that arose during an earlier exercise.

As outlined in Bates Wells Braithwaite Briefing, the other issue is:
 
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Next steps for Gift Aid – small donations, intermediaries

HM Revenue and Customs has published (pdf, 212KB) a summary of responses to the recent consultation on simplification of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS). This also includes the government’s views on the responses and the consequent next steps proposed.

The proposed action is to:

•    remove the two year rule and the Gift Aid history requirement.
•    include contactless payments.
•    amend the community buildings rules to allow donations received outside of the community building but within the same local authority area in which the community building is based. » Continue reading news item ... “Next steps for Gift Aid – small donations, intermediaries”

Fundraising Preference Service full proposals, plus regulator fees fixed

Plans for the Fundraising Preference Service have been published for consultation by the Fundraising Regulator, along with their final response to the Levy and Registration discussion paper and what they will be charging from September.

On the latter,

“small charities will pay less than originally proposed, with the costs covered by slightly higher fees for those charities spending more than £20 million on fundraising.”

The levy to fund the Regulator will apply from 1st September 2016. » Continue reading news item ... “Fundraising Preference Service full proposals, plus regulator fees fixed”