Charities

Making Charity property transactions simpler - hope on the horizon?

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The Law Commission has issued a report on Technical Issues in Charity Law and has made a series of fairly radical recommendations to make the acquisition and disposal of property by a Charity simpler. Our expert explains. More …

Do sleep-in shifts qualify for the minimum wage?

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In HR Magazine, Holly Cudbill, considers the vexed question of whether employees who undertake sleep-in shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW) throughout the entire time they are asleep, or only when they are awake to carry out duties. More …

HMRC: Changes to Gift Aid declarations

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As of 20 January 2016, HMRC have updated the guidance on making Gift Aid declarations for one-off donations, multiple donations and sponsored events. More …

'What's in a name': Misdescribed charities in a will

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'What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet" (Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare Act 2 Scene 2 line 43-44) More …

Charity Commission to challenge charities not meeting their reporting requirements – "no excuses for not filing accounts"

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The Charity Commission have launched a campaign, as of January 2016, targeting those charities in default of their filing and reporting duties. More …

The charity employer covenant in pension schemes

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Adrian Lamb discusses the Pension Regulator's guidance for charity employers on assessing and monitoring their covenant in defined benefit pension schemes. More …

Being ready for the unexpected

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Elizabeth Davis outlines certain risks which could threaten the future of a charity and suggest how to plan for dealing with them. More …

Important changes to flexible working rights

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Debra Gers considers the effect of the The Children and Families Act 2014 which extends the right to request flexible working to all eligible employees. More …

Serious financial abuse found at Astonbrook Housing Association

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The Charity Commission's inquiry into allegations of serious fraud by Astonbrook Housing Association has been published. The inquiry demonstrates how the Charity Commission can ensure that a charity's beneficiaries are protected. More …

Giving to Charity - the 36% Inheritance Tax rate

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Many people choose to make a gift to a favoured charity during their lifetime or in their Will and, under current legislation, those gifts are exempt from inheritance tax provided they are made to qualifying charitable bodies. More …