Spending Review and the charity sector

Announcements from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review of particular interest to those in voluntary organisations.

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Big Lottery

No raid of the funds allocated from the National Lottery to the Big Lottery Fund, which hands out a large number of small grants to local charities. See NCVO’s ‘Lottery cash threat’ news release from Saturday (21st November).

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New charity legal resource – VAT issues, Gift Aid for starters

Solicitors Bates Wells and Braithwaite have a new resource service, Get Legal, for charities and social enterprises. As well as providing affordable legal documents, available to download and customise, there is a Blogs and Knowledge section which will provide regular perspectives and insights on third sector matters.

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Transitional arrangements on direct marketing VAT

HM Revenue and Customs has issued a ‘Brief’ setting out its approach to supplies of direct marketing that have been wrongly treated as zero-rated supplies of delivered goods. This follows discussions with Charity Tax Group and the Direct Marketing Association after HMRC changed its view on the VAT status of direct mail.

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