The Charity Commission for England and Wales has reminded trustees of registered charities that they must check and update their charity’s details before they can submit an annual return. Trustees are required to log in to the online Charity Commission Digital Services portal and confirm all details are correct, and to supply any missing information. Trustees will only be required to provide missing information the first time they access the portal. The Charity Commission has published new guidance to help trustees understand these requirements and how to use the portal.
A snapshot survey of charity reports by the Charity Commission shows a decline in the proportion that meet the regulator’s benchmark.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced plans to develop and trial options to encourage the self-employed to pay into a pension. The DWP will investigate ways technology can be used to help the self-employed make regular saving contributions within the day-to-day management of their finances. The trials will also assess new approaches to encouraging employees who become self-employed to keep making regular, affordable contributions to a pension or other long-term savings product.
The Government has published a range of advice packs to help prepare businesses for the UK exiting the EU, along with information about contingency planning in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The advice packs cover customs, excise and VAT, employing EU citizens and European funding. The Government has also published a toolkit which provides businesses with advice and support across a number of sectors including tourism, construction and retail.
Small business owners admit they are still unaware of their responsibilities under the GDPR, according to a survey carried out by Aon. The survey of small business owners revealed that 50% of respondents are confused by the requirements of data protection and privacy regulations and over half fail to dispose of customer records securely. The survey also found that a quarter of respondents allow staff to use their personal devices for work purposes and 25% use training materials that feature real-life case studies, which could result in data breaches.
The Department for Business has published the ‘Good Work Plan’ which sets out a package of reforms to workplace rights to ensure they keep pace with new forms of employment and the changing labour market. The plan was published in response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and will implement 51 of the 53 recommendations made in the review. This will include measures to stop agency workers being paid less than permanent staff doing the same job, give greater protections to freelancers and workers in the gig economy, and require employers to provide a written statement of workplace rights to all workers rather than just employees.
A new programme to help charities access European funding over the next two years and to replace funding after the UK leaves the EU has been launched.
Scale+Accelerate is a new learning programme for the leaders of well-established charities and social enterprises. Scale+Accelerate is run in partnership with the Postcode Innovation Trust, a grant-giving body funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We are currently looking for charities and social enterprises operating in the following sectors to apply:
- Employability and training
- Health and wellbeing
- Environment and conservation
You’ll benefit from 10 days of learning at no cost to you, spread between February and September 2019, focused on helping you scale your organisation. Typically your turnover will be £75,000 a year or more, though we may accept applications outside this boundary. The deadline to apply is 11.59pm on Friday 30th November.
Government announces £1 million funding to support programmes helping charities to improve their digital skills.
This new funding comes as part of the Government’s commitment in its recently published Civil Society Strategy which outlined plans to help charities build their digital capabilities to benefit service-users and wider society.
A range of organisations based and working in England, including private sector organisations, charities, community-led businesses, social enterprises, mutuals, public sector organisations and community organisations, can apply.