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Charity Commission publishes new annual return
This year’s annual return for charities will include questions on staff pay, overseas funding sources and safeguarding policies.
New measures to support community organisations
The DCMS has published its Civil Society Strategy which outlines a range of measures to bring together business, charities and the public sector. Measures in the strategy include £60 million to improve access to social investment for charities and social enterprises, and £20 million to help community organisations. Funding will also be provided for charities and social enterprises to develop enterprise models which help increase their income.
Extra funding to help support disabled employees
The Department for Work and Pensions has announced extra funding for businesses where more than half of employees have a disability (‘supported businesses’). From April 2019, under the Access to Work programme, supported businesses will be able to apply for grants to pay for workplace support, such as adaptive equipment and job coaches for disabled employees. In addition, supported businesses that have at least one employee in a ‘protected place’ under the Work Choice programme will automatically receive £5,000 for each place in 2019/20 and 2020/21.
Call for PAYE-type system for self-employed ‘platform’ workers
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has recommended that the Government consider developing a PAYE-type system for self-employed people who find work through Uber, Deliveroo and other platforms. The recommendation is included in an OTS report on how to simplify tax for self-employed platform workers. Using the system, which would be run by HMRC or platform providers, would not affect the user’s employment status. The OTS also emphasises that HMRC has a critical role in improving tax guidance to help the genuinely self-employed understand their tax obligations.
Plans to strengthen governance of LEPs
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published the findings of its review into the reform of LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships) so they better support local economic growth and job creation. The ‘Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships’ review sets out a series of measures to improve their leadership, governance and accountability. In addition, all LEPs will be required to develop and implement a local industrial strategy which sets out the long-term economic plan for their local area. LEPs will receive up to £20 million in additional funding over the next three years to implement changes and improvements.
Funding from EU programmes guaranteed to 2020
HMRC has confirmed that the UK Government will guarantee funding for businesses, universities and other organisations that secure funding through EU programmes until the end of 2020, even if Brexit negotiations result in a ‘no-deal’. All successful bids submitted to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Horizon 2020 and the European Commission by UK participants will be fully funded for the entire length of their project, as long as a bid is submitted before the end of 2020.
More information about Making Tax Digital published
HMRC has published more information about Making Tax Digital (MTD) for businesses and tax agents. This includes a VAT notice explaining the MTD rules and the digital information they require businesses to keep, and a list of software developers who have MTD software that is ready for testing. MTD will require most businesses operating above the VAT threshold to keep digital records for VAT purposes from April 2019.
‘Financial Skills for Small Social Enterprise’ workshop
SEYH would like to invite you to their FREE ‘Financial Skills for Small Social Enterprise’ workshop. This programme is funded by Santander UK plc and is aiming to support smaller social enterprises, with a turnover of below £1m, who have a successful business model but may have capacity issues and a lack of financial resilience. The programme will help to enhance financial skills and knowledge which will enable your business to grow and be sustainable.
Overview of workshop:
– Budget and resource costing
– Income projection
– Support costs
– Income and Expenditure
– Cash flow and charts
– Management accounts
– Financial reporting
– Measuring and reporting Impact
How to register?
Please register your interest by answering a few questions here. We will confirm your booking with full details shortly.
St Georges Conference Centre
Great George Street
Time: 10-am -4pm. (Lunch will be provided)
Power to Change fund open for applications from community businesses
Community businesses across the UK are being invited to apply for one-to-one advice, peer learning and small development grants through the Bright Ideas Fund.
Leeds Young Talent
27th June 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Tickets are on sale NOW for our amazing TALENT SHOW
for young people with a learning disability/autism.
Seats are limited at the wonderful venue at
Leeds College of Music -3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD
Celebratory judges – ‘Lost Voice Guy’, Lee Ridley and ‘Alex’ from Coronation Street, Liam Bairstow
Tickets £4. To purchase please call
People in Action 0113 244 3729 – Paula or Bob
People Matters – 0113 234 6896 -Sinead
Leeds City College – 0113 284 6676 – Sarah