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copyright licensing - sound recordings at church

By Kevin Russell | 19 March 2012

Churches should note, if they have not already done so, that the law on copyright licensing changed with effect from 1 January 2012. Any church that plays sound recordings, or has groups (for example a youth group, or coffee morning) that use their premises during the week and who play sound recordings, must, by law, purchase a Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) Church Licence. This follows a 12 month period of grace from the new laws introduced for others from 2011.

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HMRC revise wording for Gift Aid Declarations

By Kevin Russell | 19 March 2012 | Comments (5)

HMRC has recently updated its guidance on Gift Aid Declarations. Three new model forms are provided. These change the ‘tax to cover’ wording and make it clear that taxes such as VAT and council tax do not qualify. The new ‘tax to cover’ wording should be used as soon as possible and for all new declarations and replacements for enduring declarations by 31 December 2012.

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church events - the legal requirements

By Kevin Russell | 13 January 2012 | Comments (1)

Churches up and down the UK run many thousands of events every year. If you're an event organiser, did you realise that there are legal considerations to take into account? The Churches Legislation Advisory Service (CLAS) has just produced a very helpful free 9-page checklist,  covering various legal requirements and matters that need to considered when a church plans an event. It includes considerations such as Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Insurance, Food Safety, Alcohol Licenses, and more.

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Churches: The role of trustees and spiritual leaders

By Stephen Mathews | 4 January 2012 | Comments (6)

One of the frequent questions that we are asked at Stewardship is about trustees in churches, and how that role interacts with those of the spiritual leaders; ministers, pastors, elders etc. This issue can create confusion and even at times tensions between people. As a result it is an important issue for those involved in church leadership to understand.

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warning on Charity Project Tendering: Beware of TUPE!

By Kevin Russell | 4 January 2012

As churches and charities increasingly look to seek new opportunities for working in communities, including tendering for new contracts to deliver community benefit, they must do so with their eyes open to the legal realities. One of these ‘realities’ is the TUPE risk. ‘TUPE’ refers to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations.

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VAT for churches - an updated guide

By Kevin Russell | 9 November 2011 | Comments (1)

We've just released 'VAT for Churches - a detailed guide' - a must-read for any church leadership. Find out how to get your copy in this blog post.

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