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ZHC and temporary workers unaware of rights

Citizens Advice has called for the Government to ensure that all workers are aware of their holiday entitlements, after discovering that half of zero-hours contract (ZHC) workers and two in five temporary workers do not know that they are entitled to paid holiday. Although some employers are themselves unaware of holiday entitlements for ZHC and temporary workers, others are deliberately misleading workers and exploiting their confusion. Citizens Advice has also backed the introduction of a legal definition of ‘self-employment’ in order to prevent employers from restricting workers’ access to holiday, sick pay and the minimum wage.

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Increase in UK charities’ income

Charities in the UK received a total income, both in contracts and grants, of £45.5 billion in 2014/15, representing a 2.7% year-on-year increase, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) ‘UK Civil Society Almanac 2017’ has revealed. Income from central government increased for the second year in a row, from £7 billion in 2013/14 to £7.4 billion in 2014/15. However, income from local government fell from £7.2 billion in 2013/14 to £7.1 billion in 2014/15, having remained unchanged from 2012/13 to 2013/14. Commenting on the figures, NCVO Chief Executive Sir Stuart Etherington predicted that there is “no realistic prospect of an overall increase in government spending” in the next few years.

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Good Finance website for social enterprises

A new website to help charity trustees and social enterprise operators understand and access social investment has been launched by Big Society Capital, Access and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Good Finance website provides a range of online resources, guidance and case studies. The website also provides an online directory of social investors and advisers that can support organisations when applying for social investment.

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Social Enterprise Networking event 26th April, Leeds

BITC are going to be running a social enterprise networking event in Leeds on the afternoon of the 26th April at Shine Conference and Meeting Space.  Its a high-energy, facilitated format with the aim of creating as many new partnerships and business opportunities as possible in a short space of time. To book your place

Changes to charity funding and regulation

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has published a report recommending improvements to charity governance and commissioning practices for charities in England and Wales. The ‘Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society’ report also recommends reforming the way charities are funded to help improve the relationship between charities, the regulator and government, and providing more support and training to trustees. Baroness Pitkeathley, chair of the committee said she hoped the recommendations would help “level the playing field” for smaller charities.

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Work Programme closed to new referrals

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that the Work Programme will close to new referrals from April 2017. The £5 billion programme was launched in 2011 to help the long-term unemployed back into work. Figures published by the Employment Related Service Association have revealed that the programme has helped more than 824,000 people secure employment since 2011. The programme will be replaced by the Work and Health Programme, which will support the unemployed and those with long-term health conditions to find employment. The new programme will be open for referrals in autumn 2017 and will have a smaller budget of £130 million a year by 2019/20.

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Second round of Bright Ideas Fund

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a second round of the Bright Ideas Fund, which will be open to community groups that need investment to support their ideas for a community business. Successful applicants will receive up to £20,000 each, and £900,000 will be awarded overall. The application window will open on 19 April 2017 and close on 31 May 2017. A third round of the Bright Ideas Fund is scheduled to open in September 2017 and a fourth round is expected in February 2018.

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Statutory wage increases take effect

Changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) came into effect on 1 April 2017. The NLW for workers aged 25 and over increased from £7.20 to £7.50, and the NMW for workers aged 21 to 24 increased from £6.95 to £7.05. The rates for apprentices and workers in other age bands also increased. From 6 April 2017, the new apprenticeship levy will come into force across England for employers with an annual wage bill of more than £3 million. Employers that do not have to pay the levy will be able to access apprenticeship funding through a new funding model from 1 May 2017. Statutory sick pay will also increase to £89.35 per week from 6 April 2017.

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Yorkshire, Humber and North East Start Up support programme

We’re looking for people starting up projects creating social and environmental impact.

School for Social Entrepreneurs Yorkshire, Humber and North East will support 20 social entrepreneurs in Yorkshire, Humber and North East through the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme 2017, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, supported by Big Lottery Fund.

The programme provides free support for a year:

  • A grant of up to £3,000
  • A learning programme
  • Mentoring
  • A community of people starting up social and environmental projects

The SSE Yorkshire, Humber and North East Start Up Programme is part of a UK wide programme that will support 300 social entrepreneurs for a year.

This is the sixth year of this programme, and 95% of our students say we positively meet their training needs.

Candidates who are running established social and environmental-impact organisations can apply for our Trade Up and Scale Up programmes elsewhere in the UK. Full info

New financial guidance for charity trustees

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has issued updated guidance to help charity trustees comply with their financial duties. While these duties have not changed, the guidance has been revised to make it more accessible and clearer for trustees to understand. It covers the most common areas of managing a charity’s financial resources, including financial controls, charity reserves and employing staff. The guidance also provides signposting to other sources of support and information for trustees.

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