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Up to £125 ‘bonus’ from HMRC for all employees working from home!

By Kevin Russell | 14 December 2020

In accordance with the Government’s COVID-19 Guidance, many of us have been required to work at home for some or all of the period since March 2020. There are of course increased costs associated with this such as heating and lighting, metered water charges, telephone and so on. Where these costs have been incurred as a result of being required to work from home, they are tax deductible if not reimbursed in full by your employer.

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Furloughing: What has changed? Eight things to be aware of

By Kevin Russell | 11 December 2020

Great! Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention (‘Furlough’) Scheme again. This time from 1 November to 31 March 2021. But each time the Scheme has been extended, the rules or calculations or both have changed. So what are the key things that you need to be aware of in making claims under the latest (‘new’) Scheme?

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Charity registration for churches in 2021 and beyond

By Kevin Russell | 10 December 2020 | Comments (1)

The current ‘Exception from Registration Regulations’ mean that some churches are not legally required to register as a charity with the Charity Commission. These regulations are due to come to an end on 31 March 2021. So the question arises as to what happens for these churches beyond next March?

 

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Charity Commission review – Revelation Foundation

By Stephen Mathews | 10 December 2020

The Revelation Foundation produces and broadcasts Christian content television programmes. Originally broadcasting from the UK, the bulk of the operations were moved to Spain over a number of years. The Commission’s involvement in the Revelation Foundation stemmed from complaints regarding the transparency of the charity’s funding arrangements. The subsequent inquiry identified a number of serious failings.

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Charity Commission review – Pastor P

By Stephen Mathews | 9 December 2020

The case was an appeal against a Charity Commission disqualification order of the former senior pastor of ‘R Church London’. The order disqualified P from being a charity trustee or holding a senior management position in a charity for ten years.

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Charity Commission 5-minute guides for trustees

By Alan Hough | 9 December 2020

The Charity Commission has labelled their new 5-minute guides for trustees as a ‘core syllabus’ covering the basics that the regulator expects all trustees to be aware of. In a time when more professionalism is being expected of trustees, it is important that charity trustees can quickly grasp what is required of them and be signposted towards more detailed guidance if required. These guides are designed to do just that.

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Bates Wells decision-making tool

By Stephen Mathews | 8 December 2020

We wanted to flag an initiative from charity law specialists Bates Wells, which may be helpful for churches and Christian charities facing difficult decisions.

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A call for ‘back to basics’ for trustees

By Alan Hough | 8 December 2020

At a recent conference, Aarti Thakor (Director of Legal Services at the Charity Commission) highlighted some of the more consistent themes that the Commission has seen from its recent caseload. Many are themes that we are aware of too and can perhaps best be listed under the broad heading of ‘back to basics’.

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Churches – Ending of exception from registration with the Charity Commission

By Kevin Russell | 14 October 2020

As many of you will know, the current ‘Exception from Registration Regulations’ that mean that some churches are not legally required to register as a charity with the Charity Commission. These regulations are due to come to an end on 31 March 2021. In general, churches are legally required to register with the Charity Commission when their gross income exceeds £5,000 unless they fall within the excepting regulations, in which case, the gross income limit is increased to £100,000.

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Update on the furlough scheme

By Jackie Fletcher | 22 September 2020

For those of you who jumped on the furlough scheme rollercoaster prior to June, it appears (at the time of writing) that we are approaching the end of the ride. After many twists, turns and updates, the expected end date is 31 October 2020 and employers will then need to decide whether to bring their employees back to work on their normal hours, reduce their employees’ hours or to sadly end their employment. More on this in a moment.

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