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We keep up to date, constantly scanning the horizon via our professional memberships and newsletters, and of course, the internet, for any news items affecting our sector: third sector issues and sustainability, funding, business news and trends, and self-employment issues and any developments that may be useful for our clients.

Charities worse off since end of EU funding

Three quarters of employment services charities claim that they have received less funding since the European Social Fund was phased out and replaced with the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). Charities have also expressed concerns around the availability of UKSPF after March 2025 and about cash-strapped local authorities using funding to support their own employment support services. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Registration of CICs growing

Since 2005, CIC registration has grown rapidly and proportionately more than registration of other legal forms of business. This is according to research by Social Enterprise UK, which also revealed that between 2018 and 2023 CICs were dissolved, on average, at a lower rate than other forms of registered company. In January 2024 there were more than 31,500 CICs registered in the UK. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Social media guidance for charities

The Charity Commission has issued new guidance on charities' use of social media. The guidance recommends that every charity using social media should have a social media policy in place and ensure it is followed. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

£76 million support package for charities

Charities and community organisations that are supporting vulnerable people during the cost of living crisis can apply for grants as part of a £76 million Government support package. Grants between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to cover project and core costs, including rent, utilities, staff and volunteers. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Review of legislation on co-operatives and friendly societies

The Law Commission will review the legal frameworks governing co-operatives and community benefit societies, and friendly societies. The review will consider whether the current law which governs these organisations is fitting to their nature and needs, and whether the regulation is proportionate. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Changes to Charities Act come into force

Changes introduced by the Charities Act 2022 have come into force. The changes include simplified legal requirements that charities must comply with before selling, transferring or leasing land, and new spending and borrowing rules. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Lloyds Bank Foundation support for Charities

Lloyds Bank Foundation help charities to grow stronger and more resilient so they can thrive beyond the lifetime of their funding. They do this by building relationships and working alongside charities, sharing LBF's tools and resources, and drawing on their connections with Lloyds Banking Group and other partners. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Grants for small specialist charities

Small and local charities can apply for grant funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales. Specialist charities with an annual income between £25,000 and £500,000 can apply for a three-year, unrestricted grant of up to £75,000. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Charities Act 2022 comes into force

The first set of changes introduced under the Charities Act 2022 are now in force. The changes include powers for charities to pay trustees for providing goods and a reduction in the procedures surrounding fundraising appeals. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Key Fund’s new Flexible Finance Fund

This fund will be for established community and social enterprises, to complement our existing blended funds. It is a revolving facility available up to £150,000 that can be drawn and repaid flexibly, as needed for an initial period of up to five years. Any balance at the end of five years then converts into a standard loan, repayable over three years.  Read More...( Opens in a new tab)
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