Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

By Alexandra Khan | 21 December 2012 | Comments (1)

2012 has been a great year of advancement and change for Stewardship. As December draws to an end, we wanted to take a moment to look at the highlights of 2012 and to thank you for journeying with us this year.

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Gift Aid claims to move to online processing

By Kevin Russell | 11 December 2012

In a move described by some as the biggest change to Gift Aid since it was introduced, HMRC have announced that they will move the Gift Aid claim process to an online system with effect from April 2013. The existing claim Form R68i will be withdrawn.

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Are you a sending church?

By Fiona Mearns | 7 December 2012

Many churches are in the vital role of supporting and encouraging a mission worker, but what does this actually mean?

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The (home-made) Christmas Tree

By Alexandra Khan | 4 December 2012 | Comments (2)

About a week ago I reviewed my finances and realised that this Christmas is going to be very tight. It’s been a mixed year; wonderfully blessed in some areas and terrifically hard in others. C’est la vie. But Christmas is one of those events that I always long to do extravagantly, so the realisation that this year’s budget is practically non-existent was a bit of a shock.

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Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme - how Stewardship have helped

By Kevin Russell | 28 November 2012 | Comments (6)

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, which will be introduced from April 2013, is very nearly law. The Scheme will allow a new ‘Gift Aid style top up payment’ from the Government on cash donations (such as church collections and bucket collections) but without the need to obtain a Gift Aid Declaration from the donor.

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does your church make overseas payments?

By Kevin Russell | 28 November 2012

If a church makes payments to an overseas entity, it is important that the church’s trustees take suitable steps to ensure that the payments being made are actually used for charitable purposes...

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Churches Exception from Registration - extended to 31 March 2014

By Kevin Russell | 28 November 2012

Readers of this blog will know that some, but not all, churches must register as a charity with the relevant charity regulator (the Charity Commission in England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in Scotland, and shortly, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland).

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Finance Act 2012 Briefing Paper

By Kevin Russell | 28 November 2012

Our in depth analysis of the implications of the Finance Act 2012 for churches and Christian charities is now available on our website...

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Charitable Incorporated Organisations - a reality at last

By Kevin Russell | 28 November 2012

The long awaited new charity structure, the Charitable Incorporated Organisation, is at last becoming a reality.The CIO was originally conceived many years ago, and enacted in the Charities Act 2006. Two sets of regulations were passed by the House of Lords Grand Committee on 27 November which mean that, at last, the first applications for CIO status can be made. A further two sets of regulations will need to be approved by Parliament to complete the new rules.

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Scottish book week 2012

By Fiona Mearns | 26 November 2012

At 11 a.m. on St Andrew’s Day thousands of people across Scotland will stop what they’re doing and read. Hopefully, the country won’t grind to a halt but what a fantastic thought – all those noses in books for an hour.  As a self-confessed bibliophile, it’s my idea of bliss.

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