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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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Important Changes to the Charity Commission

The Charity Commission no longer giving advice. The Charity Commission are no longer providing advice, information and support other than through online guidance; their function is regulatory. For support and advice for groups on property and land issues, such as needed for village...

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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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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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Training: Addressing Data Protection

admin August 29, 2013 Legal Opportunities Training No Comments

Does your group have a membership database or hold volunteers’ details? Are you aware of your legal responsibility to maintain and protect data properly? If you’re not sure, or would like to refresh your knowledge and understanding then consider attending this training...

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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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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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