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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.

Chancellor extends furlough scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures. The scheme will now be open until the end of June 2020. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Support package for charities announced

The Chancellor has announced a £750 million package of support for frontline charities to ensure they can continue to operate during the coronavirus outbreak. The support includes a £370 million grant scheme for small and medium-sized charities to enable them to meet the increased demand for their services as a result of coronavirus as well as continuing to carry out their day-to-day activities. The grants will be made available via the National Lottery Community Fund. An additional £360 million will also be provided to UK charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Coronavirus guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

he Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next two leave years. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Income support scheme for self-employed

The Chancellor has announced a new scheme to support the self-employed and members of a partnership who have lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will provide a taxable grant worth up to 80% of a self-employed person's trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months. To be eligible, claimants must have average annual trading profits of less than £50,000 and earn more than half their income from self-employment. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Coronavirus – business support

The website lists the various measures available and who is administering them Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

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. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

£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. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Review of IR35 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. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)
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