13 February, 2019

 

An increase to the limit on Gift Aid Small Donations, from £20 to £30, has been approved by parliament. This increase, as approved by the Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee in the House of Commons, will apply to individual donations at small collections from Saturday 6 April 2019 onwards, where arranging a Gift Aid declaration can feel impractical. 

In the 2017-18 tax year, 24,000 charities claimed a total of £34 million via the Gift Aid Small Donations scheme.

21 January, 2019

 

HM Revenue & Customs has announced that charitable trusts have an extra six months’ “soft-landing period” to comply with its digital tax rules.

From April the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme is set to become compulsory for the majority of organisations with a turnover greater than £85,000.

7 January, 2019

 

Voscur has received confirmation from Bristol City Council that Discretionary Rates Relief will continue to be applied this year.

A representative of the council’s Revenues Finance team told Voscur:

19 December, 2018

 

Voscur is advising VCSE organisations in Bristol that have a turnover greater than £100,000 to prepare for cuts to discretionary rate relief.

Bristol City Council is one of many local authorities across the country that has chosen to cut the business rates relief that it provides to charities in order to help balance its budget.

18 December, 2018

 

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced an additional £250 million to councils over the next two years to support children with Special Educational Needs (SEND).

The other £100 million will be used to create more specialist places in mainstream schools, with aim of giving more children and young people access to a good school or college place that meets their individual needs.

12 December, 2018

 

Big Lottery is working on a jointly funded programme with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to invest £1.14 million to improve access to training, support and advice.

It is part of a wider government strategy to improve safeguarding practice across the voluntary sector in England.

12 December, 2018

 

Next week is your last chance to submit your response to Bristol City Council's consultation on its budget. The deadline for responses is midnight on Monday 17 of December. We've published our response below in advance of submitting it to give Bristol's VCSE sector the opportunity to comment and contribute.

6 November, 2018

 

Bristol City Council has launched a consultation to gather views on the level of council tax that should be charged in the city from April 2019.

The consultation offers five main options, ranging from no increase through to a four percent increase.

30 October, 2018

 

This year’s budget has been over-shadowed by Brexit, with NCVO having described it as being one that will tide us over until we leave the EU.

While the government has hailed it as being the ‘end to austerity’, the only significant areas of spending have been on road improvements and the health service and many national VCSE organisations have expressed disappointment at the number of missed opportunities in the budget.

17 September, 2018

 

Charities are being warned to be vigilant for scam emails claiming to be invoices from the Funding Regulator.

Invoices claim to be for Fundraising Preference Service costs and are being sent from a fake account: levy@fundraisingregulator.org.uk.

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