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This page contains material of practical benefit to the development of VCS organisations. Content includes information on training, resources, quality standards, governance and fundraising.

Gift aim claims must be made online from 1 October

From Monday 1 October the old paper form for claiming gift aid will be redundant and charities will have to claim gift aid via the Charities Online portal.

Revised public benefit guidance

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today published revised public benefit guidance for all charities.

A guide for PCCs on commissioning from VCSE providers

CLINKS, which supports voluntary organisations that work with offenders, has published a guide for police and crime commissioners on commissioning from voluntary, community and social enterprise providers.

Summary of government response to review of the Charities Act 2006

In its long-awaited response to the separate reviews of the Charities Act 2006 by Lord Hodgson and the Public Administration Select Committee, the government has accepted in principle the PASC’s recommendation that the Charity Commission should require charities to declare how much of their spending has gone on political and communications work in their annual returns, and said it would consult on the issue.

Support from Business in the Community

Business in the Community engages professionals firms to provide free professional services and individual volunteers to provide mentoring support to community enterprises seeking assistance with strategic development in the local area.

Compact and Office for Civil Society action plan

Compact Voice and the Office for Civil Society have announced a joint action plan to address concerns raised by the National Audit Office in 2012 and strengthen use of the Compact across government departments.

Online directory of VCS organisations working with offenders

Clinks, the umbrella body for VCS organisations working with offenders, has launched an online directory for VCS organisations to promote their work in criminal justice to primes and commissioners.

Locality Brokers pilot project

The Locality Brokers pilot project is offering two new services for community groups seeking property professionals with a track record of working with the community sector.

Transforming Local Infrastructure: early indications

Transforming Local Infrastructure, the £30million government grant fund aiming to create strong local support for the voluntary sector, shows early signs of having been a success, according to an analysis by Navca.

Space for Growth

Space for Growth is an initiative to make space on the Government Estate available for free to small and medium enterprises, charities and social enterprises.


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