Vital Venues


DECC – Support For Community Energy Projects

Consultation description The Community Energy Strategy set out the main barriers to community energy activity and the actions that needed to be taken to help realise the potential of community energy. This consultation takes forward two actions in relation to renewable electricity...

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National Village Halls survey 2013/14

Deadline Extended… ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England) are gathering information from village halls and other rural community buildings to help raise the profile of community buildings and their volunteers. ACRE have compiled a short, online survey for hall management...

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Consultation- should licensing fees increase?

A consultation on fees under the Licensing Act 2003 The Home Office are consulting on the regulations that will introduce locally-set fees under the Licensing Act 2013. Fees for licensing were set nationally in 2005 and have not been revised since then. The Police Reform and Social...

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Proposed deregulation of Premises Licence

Proposals to use a Legislative Reform Order to make changes to entertainment licensing is out for consultation. The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) are consulting on the proposals to make changes to entertainment licensing. An earlier Consultation in 2011 led to...

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Tell the Council if you’re organising an event

Most Community Buildings should already have a Premises Licence permitting various regulated activities. Cornwall Council is the regulator of licensed activities and actively does this through the Licensing Department.  For more information visit Cornwall Council’s website.  For...

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Food and village halls guidance published

Guidance on the provision of food in a village hall, or other community setting, has been published. The guidance, which is aimed at community and charity groups and local authorities in England, should help clarify which food operations carried out in these venues require...

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Driving Safer For Longer (DSFL)- Free workshops

Some members of Vital Venues have organised these events in their halls.  They provide an opportunity for local residents and also a letting for your hall. Driving Safer For Longer (DSFL) Is aimed at older drivers in Cornwall with help and advice to allow them to continue to enjoy...

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VAT increase on energy saving materials

Please note that from 1st August 2013 the rate of 20% VAT has to be paid on energy saving materials. The 5% rate was removed in the Finance Act 2013 which received Royal Assent in July. ACRE, which represents the national network of Rural Community Councils, made a case to HMRC during...

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Help establish a Parliamentary voice for Village Halls

admin July 5, 2013 Government Opportunities No Comments

Village Hall volunteers supported by Rural Community Councils (including CRCC through Vital Venues) are increasing pressure on politicians to establish an All Party Political Group with the aim of providing a champion for Village Halls in Parliament. Momentum is gaining as more and...

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Funding success for St Issey Village Hall

St Issey Village Hall committee celebrate success after securing a grant from Green Cornwall Grant Fund to install air to air heat pumps. The present heating system is a number of old infra red radiant heaters. These were not fit for purpose as the hall use had developed from the...

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ACRE backs plea for APPG on village halls

admin June 12, 2013 Government Opportunities No Comments

England’s 80,000 village hall volunteers are being urged to get behind a campaign to form an All-Party Parliamentary Group on village halls. The idea has sprung from an initiative by BBC Radio 4’s PM programme to set up an APPG on a subject suggested by its listeners. Reporter Becky...

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Coming soon: Disclosure and Barring Service to launch the Update Service

admin June 12, 2013 Government News No Comments

On 17 June 2013 the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) launches a new service, called the Update Service.   Government priority The Update Service is one of the government’s top priorities. It will put individuals in greater control of their own information; allow DBS...

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Managing events

Office for Civil Society to publish guidance on regulation of volunteer-based events. Audience size for live music events that don’t need an entertainment licence to be increased from 200 to 500. Performances of plays and dance will no...

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Charity Commission consultation- changes to Annual Returns

The Charity Commission are seeking views on a number of significant proposals about the information collected through the annual return and published on the register of charities. They are consulting now because they intend that any decisions taken that affect the content of the annual...

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Charity Commission expected to start registering CIOs

The Charity Commission hopes to start registering charitable incorporated organisations from January 2013.   It follows years of delays in the launch of the charitable incorporated organisations (CIO) since it was first mooted in the Charities Act 2006. However, (if all goes to plan)...

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Review on Mandatory Relief for Voluntary and Community Organisations

admin March 1, 2012 Cornwall Council No Comments

Cornwall Council plan to review the mandatory relief that 2,300 organisations in Cornwall currently receive from the government. Under current national legislation charitable organisations can apply for 805 mandatory rate relief from the Government and a further 20% discretionary rate...

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Charities Act 2006 Review

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts has been appointed by the Minister for the Cabinet Office to undertake the statutory review of the Charities Act 2006, and consider whether further changes to the legal and regulatory framework for charities are desirable. For more information, please...

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Retain rural watchdog, say Liberal Democrats

admin February 29, 2012 Government No Comments

The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to abandon plans to abolish the Commission for Rural Communities. Lib Dem rural spokesman Andrew George MP said the government should instead beef up its plans for rural policy by retaining the agency. Mr George, who represents the West...

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