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Reviewing sector financial sustainability

Sector News - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:57

A call for evidence on the financial sustainability of the voluntary sector has been issued, as part of a major review into the sector’s finances. For the review launch in June, see previous news item ‘Assessing the state of the sector’s finances’, The review is led by NCVO, along with Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising, NAVCA, and the Small Charities Coalition.

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Bid to publish Scottish charity accounts

Sector News - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:41

The Scottish charity regulator OSCR has issued its annual report and accounts for 2013/14. In the annual report, OSCR has called on Scottish Ministers to consider a change in the law to allow publication of charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Register, “increasing transparency and accountability of charities and reinforcing public confidence”.

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Parliament looks at charity lotteries

Sector News - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:34

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has launched an inquiry into “society lotteries”, including the possibility of relaxing restrictions. Society lotteries (also known as raffles) are, according to the Gambling Commission, “promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society”.

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CHM: Fundraising Applications Assistant – Children’s Charity

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 00:00
£8.50 per hour: CHM: This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of our client's fundraising team, if you have previous experience in fundraising and a knowledge of marketing, you could help make a difference to special/disabled children and their families. Apply now! Cannock, Staffordshire

CRI: Managers - Substance Misuse Services (Job Ref: NM1247)

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 08:00
unspecified: CRI: Due to significant growth, CRI are looking for exceptional managers to fill a range of leadership positions across the Midlands. Midlands

Charity accounting framework from 2015

Sector News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:37

The two new Statements of Recommended Practice (accounting standards) for charities to use, for financial years beginning on or after 1st January 2015, have now been published by the joint SORP making body, the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

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Improving management accounts for trustees

Sector News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:36

Hilary Seaward was awarded the Adrian Randall Prize in spring 2013 for her project to make management accounts more accessible for trustees without a finance background. She has produced her thoughts and progress so far in creating a better management account layout in ‘More of the wood, less of the trees’.

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Social enterprise as Scottish charity

Sector News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:35

The Scottish charity regulator OSCR and Senscot Legal have looked at some of the regulatory challenges that can arise for social enterprises applying for charitable status, in Scotland. They have produced a list of issues that anyone setting up a social enterprise should think about before applying for charitable status.

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Overseas operation details on charity register

Sector News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:33

Solicitors Bates Well Braithwaite has had assurances from the Charity Commission that the latter will be providing guidance on resolving security concerns about charities providing details about which countries they operate in, and related expenditure. Since January 2013 these have been mandatory questions in the Annual Return, and would otherwise appear on the revamped online charity register, which could be live soon.

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NATIONAL TRUST: Marketing & Communications Consultant

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 00:00
£27,916 per annum plus benefits: NATIONAL TRUST: Through providing colleagues with a creative marketing and communications consultancy service, you will help us to raise awareness of our visitor attractions and our conservation cause. Attingham Consultancy Hub

NAVCA publish response to local sustainability fund consultation

NAVCA News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 15:36

NAVCA has published its response to the Local Sustainability Fund consultation. The consultation seeks views on the design and delivery of a proposed new fund, worth up to £40m, aimed at supporting medium sized charities who are struggling to maintain vital local services.

NAVCA’s response highlights the crucial role NAVCA members will play in making this successful. NAVCA members provide an existing network with the skills, experience and knowledge the fund will need. Attempting to create a new network will be costly, time consuming and, based on previous experiences, doomed to failure.

 Read NAVCA’s response

Sunderland Healthwatch Manager

Sector News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 10:12

The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) is an award-winning North East charity whose mission is ‘Health, well-being and Learning for all’. 

Salary Point 27 £23,912 per annum – 37.5 hrs per week

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Part Time Shildon Health Express Health Trainer

Sector News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 10:09

The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) is an award-winning North East charity whose mission is ‘Health, well-being and Learning for all’.

Two posts, Salary Point 13 £16,088 per annum, pro rata – 16 hours per week

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This year’s top technology for social change

Sector News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 09:32

Organisations using technology for social change are invited to enter the Nominet Trust 100, which each year brings together a hundred of the world’s most inspiring examples of social innovation, where digital technologies have been used to tackle a significant social challenge. The list isn’t meant to be definitive, but rather prompt conversation and debate.

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Tax library moving to Gov.UK

Sector News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 09:23

HM Revenue and Customs has started work on moving its online Library to GOV.UK. This is mainly material aimed at tax agents, but some will be of wider interest (and no doubt other parts of HMRC will follow later).

At 17th July, copies of VAT Notices, VAT Info Sheets and VAT Notes were ready to be moved over in the next few days.

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Social Investment Tax Relief full guidance

Sector News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 09:13

HM Revenue and Customs has now published its Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) guidance pages, at (We previously mentioned the draft guidance, back in April.)

From 18th July announcement: SITR gives tax relief to individuals who provide finance for social enterprises. It’s available for investments made on or after 6th April 2014. The investment, and the organisation receiving it, must meet certain criteria.

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Apprenticeships in international development

Sector News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 09:06

ActionAid UK, Plan UK and Christian Aid have worked with City and Islington College to launch an apprenticeship scheme to help young people gain entry to the international development sector. They will hire a total of seven apprentices, who will attend the 12-month Business Administration Apprenticeship Scheme on day release.

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BIRMINGHAM CAB: Service Manager - Debt and Housing

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 08:00
£27,276: BIRMINGHAM CAB: We are looking for someone who has extensive debt experience, a good working knowledge of housing issues, a passion for service improvement and solid people/contract management skills. Birmingham, must be able to work and travel across and within a number of Bureaus...

BRITISH RED CROSS: Senior Corporate Partnerships Executive - Account Management

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 00:00
£34,000: BRITISH RED CROSS: The British Red Cross and Land Rover are looking for a dynamic, driven individual to become part of the team in delivering their award-winning, fundraising partnership. Coventry, West Midlands

Guidance on new campaigning rules

Sector News - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 08:47

The Electoral Commission has published its guidance on the new rules for “non-party campaigners” under the Lobbying Act, which come into play from 19th September, available from this web page. There will also be webinars, starting 22nd July – details in their Update number 8, direct link (pdf, 87KB).

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