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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.

Find out more and apply here

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.

Brexit readiness report published

The Government has published the Brexit readiness report detailing the UK’s preparedness ahead of Brexit on 31 October.

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Post-Brexit support announced

If the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal, a £4.3 billion funding guarantee will be provided to organisations that are in receipt of EU funding from programmes such as the European Regional Development Fund and Horizon 2020. The funding was confirmed by the Chancellor, who also announced that the National Living Wage would increase to £10.50 within the next five years and further funding would be devolved to local authorities in England.

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Calderdale: Gambling Support Service

Calderdale Citizens Advice is providing free training about gambling-related harm across Yorkshire, The Humber and North Lincolnshire to frontline workers who work within a range of services including alcohol/substance misuse, mental health, housing, finance/welfare, safeguarding, social work, social care, social prescribing, adult and children services.

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ICO publishes Brexit guidance for small firms

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance to help smaller businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The guidance sets out the steps small organisations should take in order to maintain data flows between the UK and the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The ICO has also urged UK businesses to prepare for all potential Brexit scenarios and develop contingency plans to ensure data flows can continue after the UK leaves the EU.

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Funding to regenerate historic high streets

The UK Government has announced plans to invest £95 million to regenerate 69 historic high streets across England. The funding will support projects that transform disused historic buildings into shops, houses and community centres, as well as fund repairs to heritage shopfronts. The funding will also support traditional high street businesses to adapt to changing consumer habits and compete with online outlets.

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Brexit-readiness events for business

The Department for Business has launched a nationwide programme of government-backed events to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The free events will provide advice on a range of Brexit-related topics, including exporting, importing and employing EU citizens. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from senior government officials and access support tailored to their location and business. More than 30 Brexit-readiness events will take place across the UK over the next five weeks.

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