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The latest press releases and opinion from Bishop Fleming

Huge increase in probate fees “morally wrong”

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Relatives inheriting estates worth more than £300,000 from May this year are going to be hit with huge increases in court fees, as the government looks to target them as a way to reduce its…

Social Enterprises – New Rural Tourism & Development Grants

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Calling all rural-based small social enterprises – you could be eligible for up to 100% grant funding through the new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which covers many of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)…

Bishop Fleming helps the Charity Commission

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Bishop Fleming has been working behind the scenes to assist the Charity Commission with the development of its website and online services. We were invited to assist the Commission’s research team to establish the strengths and weaknesses…

Trustees failed to account for money spent in high risk countries

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The Charity Commission has published the results of its inquiry into the charity Masoom, which aims to provide humanitarian development and education projects in high risk areas such as Pakistan and Syria. The Commission found that…

Charities against fraud

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Fraud is the most reported crime in the UK and according to the Office for National Statistics, an individual in the UK is ten times more likely to be a victim of fraud than theft.…

Providing the right financial information to the right people

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Providing the right financial information to the right people (and one could add: at the right time) is fundamental to the smooth running of a charity. So how is this best done? The right people To…

Digital questions for charities

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The Charity Commission has published guidance for charities wishing to embrace digital technology. Through a series of 12 questions that a charity’s board can ask itself, the guidance is meant to help trustees decide on…

£4m announced to grow volunteering amongst the over 50s

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The office for Civil Society and Nesta have announced 3 new grant funds to help charities generate greater use of volunteering in the over 50s. This age group of individuals has significant skills and experience which…

Charities at financial risk

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The Charity Commission has published the results of its first review of charities it considers to be in financial difficulty. The commission identified 94 charities with a modified audit report as part of their review.…

HMRC reveals top errors on Gift Aid claims

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Gift Aid is reportedly worth more than £125 million to the charity sector, so it is an important source of fundraising to many charities. As charities who make claims will know, the process of claiming…