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Judicial review changes likely to become law

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The House of Lords' decision to remove controversial provisions was reversed by the House of Commons, and now the proposed changes have been reinserted. More …

Single registration portal for charities delayed

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Plans to revolutionise the system for charities wishing to register with the Charity Commission and HMRC have been delayed until 2016. More …

VAT rebate for charity-run hospices

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Hospices, air ambulances and search and rescue charities have been celebrating the Chancellor's announcement that, from April 2015, they will be able to reclaim the VAT they pay on goods and services. The government estimates the scheme to be worth up to £5m a year for charities. More …

Social investment by charities: Law Commission's final recommendations published

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The Law Commission has published its final recommendations to government on reforming the law relating to social investment by charities. More …

Updated guidance on Charity land and property

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The Charity Commission has published updated guidance on charity land and property. More …

Review of financial sustainability of the voluntary sector

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The National Council for Voluntary Organisation (NCVO), has put out a call for evidence from voluntary organisations to inform its review of the financial sustainability of the sector in light of the recession and the changing funding environment. More …

Charity Commission appeal to Upper Tribunal in Ethiopian Church case

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The Charity Commission has been given permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) on what the charity tribunal judge, Alison McKenna, has described as a "novel area for the charity jurisdiction and one in which the guidance of the upper tribunal would be welcome". More …

Charity Commission report on fraudulent applications for charity registration

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The Charity Commission has recently reported on 10 charities found to have submitted fraudulent documents in support of their applications for registration as a charity. More …

NHS funding for hospices: 50% of hospices report that their funding has been cut or frozen

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Help the Hospices recently carried out a survey of its member hospices in England in order to assess how the new NHS commissioning arrangements, introduced in April 2013, are impacting upon the sector. More …

Charity Finance Group Survey

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The Charity Finance Group has produced a survey aimed at collecting evidence from UK charities to assess the impact of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism checks by banks on the ability of charities to send humanitarian aid out to areas of conflict or classed as "at risk" locations. More …