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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.

Relief from Business Rates in Leeds

Leeds City Council launched a new discretionary relief from business rates scheme and are keen to target this financial support at Young Businesses and Social Enterprises. This scheme will enable these businesses to access up to 50% off their rates bill, up to £15k per annum. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Social Value & Civil Society event – 29th November

What does 'social value' mean to charities & social enterprises across the 4 nations in 2022? Is it still the lever for change that many of us hoped it would be - or has that moment passed? Social Value UK are holding an online event on 29th November 9.30am - 12pm. Book via Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-value-lever-for-change-or-lost-opportunity-tickets-416538205987 Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Guidance on changes to charity law

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has released guidance for charities on changes to charity law as a result of the Charities Act 2022, which will amend the Charities Act 2011. The changes will come into force this autumn and throughout 2023. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Youth Investment Fund

Key Fund have been awarded £100m to provide to organisations supporting the youth sector as grants for capital projects.  Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

More businesses now eligible for Help to Grow

The Government has announced that the eligibility criteria for the Help to Grow: Digital scheme have been extended. Businesses with at least one employee, instead of six, are now eligible for support. The scheme provides discounts of up to £5,000 on approved software such as CRM, accounting and e-commerce packages. The scheme will also provide businesses with one-to-one advice on how to adopt digital technology. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

New guidance on employment status

The Government has published new employment status guidance for businesses, workers and those in the gig economy. The guidance covers workers' rights and clarifies the rights of gig economy workers. It also includes advice for start-ups, micro-businesses and smaller businesses. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Charity Commission releases guidance on changes to charity law

The regulator has released guidance for charities on changes to expect as a result of the Charities Act 2022, which will amend the Charities Act 2011. The changes will come into force this autumn and throughout 2023, and the Charity Commission will publish updated guidance when the changes take effect.  Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Increase in National Insurance threshold

The Class 1 National Insurance threshold has increased from £9,880 to £12,570. The change came into force on 6 July and was announced in the Spring Statement. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Government to fix banking problems faced by small charities

The Government is bringing together voluntary sector and finance leaders to address banking problems experienced by small charities. A survey by the Civil Society Group revealed that high street banking didn't meet the needs of small charities and resulted in charity trustees holding money in personal accounts or keeping cash at home. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

EU procurement rules to be replaced

A new Bill will introduce new UK procurement rules to help level the playing field for small and medium-sized businesses and drive economic growth. The Procurement Bill is expected to become law in 2023, and will revoke hundreds of complicated and bureaucratic EU rules and replace them with a single, simple and flexible framework for securing public sector contracts. The reforms will reduce costs and make it easier for businesses bidding for contracts, particularly smaller firms with less experience of procurement processes. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)
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