Review of IR35 rules and support for the self-employed

The Government has launched a review of changes to off-payroll working rules, also known as IR35. The review will establish if any steps should be taken to ensure the smooth introduction of the rules in April 2020. The review will also consider if any additional support is required to ensure that the self-employed who don’t fall within the scope of the rules are not adversely affected. The Government will also carry out a wider review into support for the self-employed, which will cover access to finance, tax and broadband access.

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£1.15m funding for community pub organisations

Organisations that help communities buy their local pubs are set to receive £1.15 million in Government funding.

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Regulator warns against charity bank fraud amid rise in reports

The Charity Commission has said it has received several reports from charities who have been targeted by fraudsters impersonating members of staff, who are attempting to change employees’ bank details. In all these cases the request was made via email.

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Government announces measures to support businesses

The Government has announced a range of measures to support businesses in the Queen’s Speech. The measures include increasing tax credits for research and development, establishing a national skills fund and introducing a points-based immigration system. The Government also announced a review of business rates, including an increase in the retail discount from 33% to 50%.

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Give #PresentsWithPurpose this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve got you covered with our Social Enterprise Gift Guide filled with our top picks of what to buy your loved ones!

New research reveals the biggest fraud risks to charities

Over two thirds of charities (69%) think fraud is a major risk to the charity sector and internal (insider) fraud is recognised as one of the biggest threats.

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Government must examine alternatives to business rates

The Treasury Committee has recommended that the Government must explore alternatives to business rates as the current system is unfair and no longer working. As part of its review of the current system the committee was presented with a number of business rate alternatives such as a land value tax, an online sales levy and a profit tax. However, the committee concluded that the alternatives should be scrutinised further before they could suggest a replacement for the current system.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs Programme

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is looking to support 15 leaders of community organisations with an environmental focus working specifically in the West Midlands and North England. The programme is funded by the Co-operative Foundation.

It is aimed at early stage community led, environmentally focussed organisation looking to move from a start up phase where they may be dependent upon grant income but want to grow their impact and income from trading.

They will need to be prepared to participate in a learning and development programme which will take place in various locations across the West Midlands and North of England.

Applications are open now and the deadline is 1:00PM on 31st October.

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NCVO publishes suite of safeguarding resources

A suite of free online resources, launched this month, outlines simple steps that voluntary organisations can take to ensure that they are run in a way that actively prevents beneficiaries, staff and others from suffering harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect.

The resources were developed collaboratively by an NCVO-led partnership made up of expert organisations, created to deliver phase 1 of the Safeguarding Training Fund.

Largest UK Social Impact Bonds launched

The £80m Life Chances Fund (LCF) has been steadily signing off funding commitments for new social impact bonds (SIBs) during 2018/19. These include projects such as West London Zone (WLZ) and Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnerships (KBOP) that have recently begun delivering services aimed at supporting almost 9,000 people.

In Yorkshire, the Kirklees Council commissioned service will help vulnerable people with complex needs to sustain tenancies and avoid homelessness through wrap-around support.