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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Good Finance website – help to navigate social investment

Good Finance is a new website to help charities and social enterprises navigate the often complex world of social investment, has just launched.

It was designed by charities and social enterprises and developed in collaboration with Access, Big Society Capital, Government and key sector partners.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

How to be ready for the new data protection regulations

The Information Commissioner has produced a useful publication about Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) giving  12 steps to take now to get ready.

You can read the full publication here.

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Legal update: PAYE & statutory payments

This legal update on PAYE & statutory payments has been posted by Sandy Adirondack, voluntary sector legal expert.

Tax allowances & national insurance thresholds for 2017-18

Changes from 6 April.

Changes to salary sacrifice arrangements

From 6 April some benefits in kind received under salary sacrifice and similar arrangements become subject to tax and class 1A national insurance contributions,

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Legal update: Pay, apprenticeship levy, tax-free childcare

This legal update has been posted by voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack on Pay, apprenticeship levy, tax-free childcare.

Tax-free childcare

Government confirmed in the spring budget on 8 March that tax-free accounts to help working parents pay for childcare will start being rolled out in April.

Apprenticeship levy

Starts 6 April: Fewer than 2% of employers will have

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Legal update – Pay

National minimum wage and national living wage

The National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage rates for pay reference periods beginning 1 April 2017 are detailed on Sady Adirondack’s website, along with bizarre excuses for not paying NMW/NLW and HMRC advice on avoiding common errors.

NMW/NLW enforcement: four charities were among 359 employers named and shamed last week.

All at


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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Free handbook on fundraising for charity Trustees

A free downloadable resource, “Trustees and Fundraising:  A practical guide” has been published by the Institute of Fundraising in partnership with NCVO, Charity Finance Group and ACEVO.  It looks at key areas trustees should be thinking through and will support both trustees and fundraisers to create effective fundraising policies to promote the aims and objectives

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Legal update – governance updates for trustees

This information has been published by voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack. Here are a number of updates and advice for trustees on Governance.

Reporting serious incidents – England and Wales

Charity Commission consultation on revised guidance for reporting serious incidents ends 12 January (very soon!).


Governance codes

Consultation until 3 February on draft governance code for charities in

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Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Legal update – Alcohol, Entertainment, TV Licensing

This update comes from voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack on Alcohol, entertainment & TV licensing.


Some of this is from 2015 so you may be aware of it, but some is new.

Alcohol & entertainment licensing fees

Licensing fees for regulated entertainment and the sale of alcohol will continue to be set nationally, rather than locally as

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Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Legal update: Employment Law

This legal update has been received from Sandy Adirondack, voluntary sector legal expert.

Employment law
Employment resources

PEACe HR service at London Voluntary Service Council closes, but some resources remain available.

TUC International “working in the UK” information available in 17 languages.

“Weekly pay” for redundancy and other awards; Unfair dismissal awards

In effect in England, Wales and Scotland for events taking

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Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Legal update – Tax

We have received this legal update on Tax issues from voluntary sector legal expert, Sandy Adirondack.

Scottish rate of income tax

In effect from 6 April, for individuals whose sole or main residence is in Scotland.

Tax allowances and national insurance thresholds for 2016-17

Tax rates remain the same.

National insurance rates remain the same, but with a new exemption

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