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Voice of 10,000 halls will be heard

A new online voice for the 10,000 village and community halls has been launched today by the national charity ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).  The National Village and Community Halls Network will take over the role of the National Village Halls Forum and act as a...

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Charity Commission: Getting to know your Governing Document

admin January 27, 2016 Governance Government News No Comments

One of a trustee’s main duties is to ensure their charity is keeping in line with its principles and purpose, which are set out in the charity’s governing document. The governing document is likely to be a constitution, trust deed, or article of association and acts as...

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Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme – Call for Evidence

As announced in the Autumn Statement, HMRC has brought forward the start of its promised review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and has launched a call for evidence. The call for evidence...

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Charity Commission frozen until 2020

The Chancellor has today announced in the Spending Review a freeze to the Charity Commission’s funding over the next 4 years. The current funding for the commission in 2015/16 is £20.3 million. The new financial settlement for the next 4 years up to 2019/20 will therefore remain as...

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Changes to Gift Aid Declarations: Guidance from the Charity Tax Group

HMRC has published new Gift Aid Declarations for one-off donations, multiple donations and sponsored events. This follows a series of discussions with the Charity Tax Forum Gift Aid Working Group, of which CTG is a member, during which various new drafts Declarations were considered....

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Charity Commission: New Consultation To Introduce Technology To Open Up Charity Accounts

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities, and the Financial Reporting Council are today launching a consultation that marks the first step towards enabling charities to file digital accounts with the commission, and thereby make charity data more accessible....

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Charity regulator launches updated essential guidance for trustees

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities, has published the new version of its guidance ‘The essential trustee’, the key guidance for all charity trustees in England and Wales. The guidance explains what the regulator expects of trustees and outlines their...

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New training workshops for hall committees

Following the success of our workshops earlier this year we are pleased to announce the next series of Business Planning and Trustee Induction sessions. Feedback from previous sessions: Thanks for advice, guidance, ideas and documents – well presented. Illogan Preschool We need...

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Technical Issues in Charity Law

On 20 March 2015 a consultation paper was published on technical issues in charity law. This project originated from our Eleventh Programme of Law Reform.  Part of the project is a review of the procedures by which charities governed by Royal Charter and by Act of Parliament amend...

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Survey to Uncover Rural Crime Impact

A National survey aims to uncover the impact of crime and anti-social behaviour on rural communities. The biggest ever rural survey into crime and anti-social behaviour seeks to find out how the police can better serve rural communities. It is being conducted by the National Rural...

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Charity Commission guide: Charities and Trading

The Charity Commission have updated their very useful guide on charities and trading which forms part of their guidance for setting up and running a charity. Your charity is trading if it sells goods or services to customers. There are rules on what types of activities count as...

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Gain an advantage for Big Lottery funding

                    Taking place on Thusday 14th May, at the Exchange in Wadebridge, CRCC are inviting local groups, that are thinking about or are in the process of submitting an application to Big Lottery’s Reaching...

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Financial difficulties in charities

How to identify financial problems As trustees, you have a legal duty to look after your charity’s money and other assets. You need to understand and keep track of your charity’s income and spending to spot any issues as early as possible. To do this, you need trustees with the right...

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Charity trustee meetings: 15 questions you should ask

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Advice and guidance Governance No Comments

As trustees, and the people responsible for running your charity, it’s important that you regularly review your charity’s effectiveness. What challenges are you facing? Is the charity’s structure effective? What changes are you considering implementing? It’s especially important to...

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Courts to recognise good intentions of volunteers and small businesses

Volunteers, community groups and ‘good deed doers’ have been given legal reassurance that courts will take account of the fact they have been acting to help society if something goes wrong and they end up having to defend themselves against being sued. New measures in the...

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Safeguarding lesson for village hall Trustees

The Charity Commission has today published an Operational Compliance Report following an investigation of a village hall in Yorkshire where a chairman had been charged with “offences relating to sexual assault against a child”. On investigation, the Commission found that...

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Government Consultation on Charities: audit and independent examination thresholds

Nikki George January 7, 2015 Accounting Governance Government Legal News No Comments

The government are currently consulting on recommendations to increase financial thresholds determining whether charity accounts must be audited or examined. The consultation is open until the 27th Januaury 2015. One of the recommendations of Lord Hodgson’s review of the...

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Vital Venues funded training for hall committees

Vital Venues is pleased to announce ‘Trustee Induction’ and ‘Business Planning’ workshops funded by Awards for All to support volunteers who manage village halls, community centres and other community buildings.     The Trustee Induction Workshop...

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New Human Rights Leading & Managing Workshop

Nikki George December 12, 2014 Governance Opportunities Training No Comments

New dates for the Human Rights: Human Lives – Leading & Managing workshop. The workshops will be in Truro on the 2nd February 2015 and 2nd March 2015 from 9.30am – 1pm (attendance at both is essential). The workshop is for Volunteers or Staff of Community based organisation that...

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Vital Venues Secures funding to provide new workshops

Vital Venues Secures funding to provide new workshops Thanks to support from the Big Lottery, Vital Venues is planning a series of fully funded workshop sessions across Cornwall in early 2015. The workshops are free for community building managers to attend. Previous workshop sessions...

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Charity Commission consultation on trustees

Nikki George December 4, 2014 Advice and guidance Governance News No Comments

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a consultation on an updated draft of its guide to trustees’ duties, ‘The essential trustee (CC3)’. The new draft follows recent commission guidance on decision making and conflicts of...

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Power of Volunteering

New research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  demonstrates the profound effect volunteering can have and has identified 10 key skills volunteering can help to develop including: Greater Confidence Increased awareness of local community Enhanced coaching and...

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Residents to Fight Charity Commission Over Hall Ownership

An interesting article in the Western Morning News last week details how a determined band of local residents are deep into a campaign to preserve the local village hall for community use. Built over 70 years ago with funds raised by the Kelly Bray Women’s Institute, the village...

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Human Rights:Human Lives safeguarding adults training

  The Human Rights: Human Lives Leading and Managing in Safeguarding adults is open for bookings:   If you would like any more information please contact training@cornwallrcc.org.uk or 07817 450468. The booking form is online following this link:...

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Charity Commission consultation on Annual Return 2015

The Charity Commission is consulting with charities on proposals to next year’s Annual Return The key proposal most likely to affect many community buildings: Requiring charities with incomes between £10,000 and £500,000 to provide key financial information At present, only...

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Free professional advice available through Community Assist

Community Assist is open for applications and we want to hear from you if your organisation could benefit from free professional advice and accredited training. A range of professional advice and support is on offer and new businesses are being recruited each week.  The type of...

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Charities Statements of Recommended Practice

Charities SORP approved for release 2 June 2014 SORP to be published early summer 2014 On May 22, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) approved the new Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) for publication. The FRC are required to review the Charities SORPs to ensure...

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Insurance and Portable Appliance Testing

Martyn Ingram of Norris Fisher Insurance writes… We often have enquiries from committees asking how often insurers require their electronic items to be PAT tested.  This is a grey area and differs between insurers but often there are no strict requirements stipulated.   As...

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Charity Commission publishes public benefit guidance

admin September 18, 2013 Governance News No Comments

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published its revised public benefit guidance for all charities. The guidance, which the Commission is required to produce under what is now the Charities Act 2011, is split into three short, high...

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