Press releases

Charity Finance Group (CFG) and NCVO have stressed that Government must go further than the additional £30m for the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme and exempt all charities from the planned VAT imposition on alterations to listed buildings. Removing the zero rating will bring huge costs to charities operating in listed buildings, yet the scheme is only available for churches and other listed places of worship, with no equivalent fund in place to compensate other affected charities.

The Charities Act has largely proved to be a good piece of legislation, and the Charity Commission is doing a respectable job of supporting the sector despite its limited resources, according to an independent review being published today.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today responded to the Queen’s Speech. The main announcement of relevance to the voluntary sector is the enactment of the Small Donations Scheme, which aims to reduce the administrative burden on charities by providing top-up payments so that they do not have to fill out Gift Aid declarations on each small donation.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today welcomed David Cameron’s hint at a rethink on the tax relief cap on charitable donations, calling it the ‘most encouraging sign yet’ that the Government plans to drop the proposal. Today’s Daily Mail reports that the Prime Minister said that the matter would ‘be dealt with’ when questioned about the widespread opposition to the plans. He suggested that he wants the plans dramatically altered or abandoned altogether.

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