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Are you on top of your charity’s annual report and accounts submission?

admin January 23, 2017 Accounting Legal No Comments

3,584 charities with an income over £250,000 and financial year ending 31 March 2016 still need to file their documents before 31 January 2017. The Charity Commission is today reminding all charities, specifically those with a financial year ending 31 March, to file their annual return...

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A brief guide to Risk Assessment

Whether it’s a firework display, a summer fete or the turning on of the Christmas lights, events can be very important to a community’s sense of identity, by providing a focus that brings people together. However organising an event brings with it a number of key responsibilities....

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Changing to or registering as a CIO

We have received a number of enquiries about new CIO registrations and existing groups considering transferring assets to this structure. While the process should be straightforward, it is important that it carried out and completed in an appropriate manner. The Charity Commission has...

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Village Hall free wifi policy: issue raised by ACRE member

“A hall has contacted me about providing free Wi-Fi. They would like users to be able to access what they wish on the web and there would be no firewall. They are concerned about potential copyright infringement and criminal acts by users (e.g. downloading inappropriate material)....

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Key definitions of the Data Protection Act

admin January 9, 2017 Advice and guidance Legal No Comments

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have released a guide to Key definitions of the Data Protection Act. This is a valuable resource that covers a wide variety of topics and issue surrounding Data Protection and how you can protect yourself and those who are involved with...

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Charities Act 2016: Fundraising New Rules

New rules for charity fundraising start on 1 November 2016. They affect the trustees’ annual reports of larger charities that fundraise from the public, as well as the contents of the agreements that must be in place when professional fundraisers or other businesses (‘commercial...

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Listed Buildings: What you need to know

admin October 5, 2016 Advice and guidance Legal No Comments

Listed properties cover a wide array of building shapes and sizes and all carry an interesting story whether it is hundreds of years old or more current. Listed properties have contributed to our landscape as we know it today, and most of them have helped to provide an income for our...

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Long Term Undertakings

admin September 11, 2016 Advice and guidance Legal No Comments

Whilst there are exceptions, insurance policies normally run for a period of one year and are renewable every 12 months however most insurers will offer a discount if the client signs a Long Term Undertaking. By signing a Long Term Undertaking (LTU) or Long Term Agreement (LTA), a...

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The Perils of Underinsurance and How to Avoid Them

This article has been written by Insure Your Village Hall In the current economic climate, the trustees of many village halls and community buildings are ignoring the risk of not checking that their buildings are adequately insured for fear that doing so might lead to their insurance...

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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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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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Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

The Cornwall Rural Community Charity has been approached by Devon & Cornwall Liaison & Diversion Service, who want to hear from anyone in Cornwall who has been through the criminal justice system and who has mental ill-health. Interested individuals would be asked to take part...

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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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New Dates for Trustee Induction Workshops

Vital Venues are pleased to announce 2 workshops in October on inducting Trustee’s. The workshop provides volunteers with an overview of all the important management responsibilities encountered when running a community building.  Comprehensive resources covering the aspects of...

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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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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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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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How to set a reserves policy for your charity

It is important to keep money aside as a reserve to protect your charity against drops in income or allow it to take advantage of new opportunities. Your charity’s reserves can be spent on any of its aims. However by law, your charity must spend income it receives within a reasonable...

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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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Legal Update

Temporary event notices (TENs) From January 2016 the number of temporary event notices that can be used in a calendar year for the same premises will be increased from 12 to 15. A temporary event notice (TEN) can be used for a one-off event involving the sale of alcohol and/or...

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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 food allergy legislation comes into force

New food allergen requirements come into force on the 13th December 2014 under the new EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (No. 1169/2011). Community buildings will be pleased to hear official advice from the Government’s Food Allergy Team: Individuals or undertakings,...

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Charity Commission Announces Changes to Annual Returns

Claire Hurley October 28, 2014 Accounting Advice and guidance Government Legal No Comments

The Charity Commission has announced changes to the annual return. Changes will apply to returns made for the year ending 2015 and have been designed with the intention of making charities more accountable. The annual return 2015 will include three new question areas, which received...

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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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National minimum wage increases

  The National Minimum Wage is increasing as of the 1st October 2014. This will effect management committees who employ reception staff, cleaners, caretakers etc. The new hourly rates will be: Age 21 and over will be £6.50 18 to 20 will be £5.13 16 to 17 will be £3.79 Apprentices...

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