August 2014 Archive

Updated Direct Marketing Association Code of Practice

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The Direct Marketing Association has published an updated code of practice, which took effect on 18 August 2014, aimed at improving standards of direct marketing. All DMA members will be bound by the code. More …

Independent Inspectorates: Results of Government Consultation Published

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The DfE has published the results of a consultation it launched on draft regulations and advice for the approval of inspectorates, other than Ofsted, for the inspection of independent schools. More …

New Academies Financial Handbook Published

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The DfE has published the new Academies Financial Handbook 2014, which will come into effect on 1 September 2014. More …

Charities potentially face a large VAT bill on direct mailing activities

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Many charities that send out direct mail use "single sourcing" and pay a single supplier to produce printed promotional materials and send them out by post to the charity's supporters as no VAT is charged on the postage element. The HMRC has called this into question stating the whole process should be standard-rated for VAT. More …

Charity Commission appoints Interim Manager to Charity

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The Charity Commission has used its powers to appoint an Interim Manager to take over the management of the Christ Embassy charity. More …

The Infrastructure Bill (part 2)

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Keith Lancaster, a Solicitor in our Planning team, follows up his previous Infrastructure Bill blog post. More …

Chancellor announces new technical schools

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George Osborne has announced proposals for 7 new university technical colleges (UTCs) and 4 new studio schools More …

Charity Commission Review of Charities with Net Current Liabilities

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A recent report by the Charity Commission (published as part of its Accounts Monitoring Review) highlights the importance of charities with net current liabilities using their Trustees' Annual Report to explain how they are managing the situation. More …

Rejection of application for England's largest ground mounted solar farm

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Blake Morgan's Planning Team have been successful in convincing a local planning authority to reject proposals for a large ground mounted solar farm covering an area of 77ha. More …

Employment Tribunal fees: An update

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It has been just over a year since the government introduced the payment of fees for commencing Employment Tribunal claims. Developments in the ongoing media coverage of this issue have recently come to light in the past few weeks. More …