Darwin’s tenner faces extinction from March 2018

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The paper £10 note which features the naturalist Charles Darwin on the back will be withdrawn from circulation on 1 March 2018. From that date only the new plastic £10 notes, with author Jane Austen […]

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ICO publishes GDPR guide for charities

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently published an FAQ guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), aimed specifically at charities. GDPR will take effect from 25 May 2018 and covers everyone about whom […]

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Tech Grants For Charities: 2018 applications now open

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UK registered charities in England and Wales can now apply for a grant to fund “an amazing web presence”. Grants of up to £18,000 are available to help charities meet their digital needs from the […]

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Young people are ‘Savvier and more generous’ with their donations to charity

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A new study by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator suggests that 18-24 year olds are the most generous over the festive period, but also the most likely to carry out checks on charities […]

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Business rates staircase tax scrapped

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The business rates staircase tax, which unfairly affects up to a thousand businesses, is being scrapped. Draft legislation has been published to ensure that the tax is abolished with retrospective effect. The step was first announced in […]

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Charitable companies become Charitable Incorporated Organisations

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From 1 January 2018, charitable companies can apply to become charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs). All CIOs will be included in the Registrars’ Business Names Index (maintained by Companies House) from that date. Charities that are […]

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Gift Aid donor benefit rules to be simplified

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The Gift Aid donor benefit rules are to be simplified to make it clearer how much benefit a donor can receive in return for making a Gift Aid donation. The change takes effect from 6 […]

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Protect Your Charity from Fraud

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The Charity Commission has recently updated its guidance on fraud protection. Charities can be particularly susceptible to fraud and there have been several instances reported over the past few months where charities have lost large […]

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National Living Wage to rise in April 2018

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the rates of the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are rising from 1 April 2018. The hourly rates will increase in April 2018: from £7.50 to £7.83 for […]

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Autumn Budget 2017 announcements at a glance

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Autumn Budget 2017 key tax announcements made on 22 November. The embattled and isolated Chancellor was under pressure to be bold and imaginative in his first Budget since the general election, even though it’s not really “Spreadsheet Phil’s” […]

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