The Small Charities Coalition has launched a new tool to help people register a charity.

The new guide can be found at: and is aimed at people looking to set up a charity where turnover is initially expected to be below £150,000 per year.

The guide aims to steer users through the logistics of setting up a charity in simple steps. It does not aim to provide a full and comprehensive guide to charity law – those who are looking for this should refer to the Charity Commission of England and Wales.

14 February, 2019


To support one strand of Bristol’s VCSE Strategy 2019-29 (which will be published online soon), Voscur announced at its annual conference in January the launch of a new grassroots leadership initiative that will increase the ability of communities to create and contribute to positive social change.

The Sector Leaders Network will consist of up to 100 people, all of whom are already active in leading change in their communities.

12 February, 2019


Our winter policy round-up has a distinctly local feel. While government has been tied up in knots over Brexit, Bristol City Council has found time to launch its One City Plan, an Equalities Charter, consult on its budget and release updated Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) data.

Not only that, but we have also received the great news that the council is continuing its Discretionary Rates Relief for VCSE organisations up until the next financial year.

11 January, 2019


Mayor Marvin Rees has unveiled Bristol’s first ever One City Plan.

The plan has brought together public, private and VCSE partners in the city to create a plan for what we want Bristol to be by 2050 and how we will work together to achieve that.

Voscur has been a key contributor, speaking on behalf the city’s VCSE sector and helping to shape the vision set out in the plan.

4 February, 2019


The NHS Long Term Plan was launched in January to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the service.

It aims to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes and sets out how the £20.5 billion budget settlement for the NHS, announced by the Prime Minister in summer 2018, will be spent over the next 5 years.

4 February, 2019


Sir Stuart Etherington is to step down as chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Sir Stuart will retire later this year after 25 years in the role.

NCVO’s membership has grown from just 400 when Sir Stuart took up his post in 1994 to over 14,000 today. Sir Stuart was knighted in 2010 for services to the voluntary sector.

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.


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