From October 2013 West Yorkshire VCS employment law and HR services will no longer receive lottery funding. Once PERS’ funding ends their usual services (including their employment rights telephone advice line) will still be available, but on the basis of an annual subscription (typically between £255 and £468). For a limited period, organisations can sign up now for a one-off fee of £200 and have full access to the advice line until October 2014. Full details about these changes, as well as upcoming changes to the PERS website can be found in this PERS document.
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A reminder that Charities Online – HMRC’s new system for claiming Gift Aid, has now been launched. It replaces the paper form currently used to claim tax repayments. The transition period for implementing the changes will end on 30th September this year. This tight timescale means it is important for Charities to take steps now to ensure they have everything in place. If you don’t, claims may end up being delayed or even reduced in value. NCVO have produced this handy ‘Is Your Charity Ready?’ guide. For more info, contact HMRC directly on 0845 302 0203.
Unite have launched a new ‘Save Our NHS’ campaign amidst fears that the NHS will be privatised by the current coalition Government. The Union is appealing for their members and non members alike to help spread the word, share their stories, and write to their local MPs. To find out how you can get involved, visit the Unite website.
From April 2013 HMRC is moving Gift Aid online. This means if you claim Gift Aid already, you need to take action to get ready for this change. For most charities, these changes will require you to use a new HMRC form or spreadsheet to submit your claims. For others, it may require more detailed changes to your database systems. The Small Donations Scheme will also go live in April 2013. Under the new scheme, charities that have a track record of making Gift Aid claims will be able claim on small cash donations, without a donor declaration form. Guidance for the Small Donations Scheme will be published by HMRC in mid March. Full details about the changes can be found via the HMRC website. Additional support is also available by calling HMRC’s charity helpline on 0845 302 0203.
The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s current Member’s Council terms of office is due to come to an end on Tuesday 30th April 2013. Elections will be held to fill vacancies in all four districts (Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield). This letter has been released detailing the role of the Member’s Council and how members can nominate for the forthcoming election. The deadline for receipt of nominations will be noon on Monday 11 March 2013. The elections will start on Monday 1st April 2013 and close at noon on Monday 29 April 2013. Further information can also be found via the South West Yorkshire Partnership website.
Friends Of Home Start have kindly produced this summary leaflet of the benefit changes due to happen in April 2013. The brief overview highlights what changes will be taking place and why, and where individuals and families can seek help.
With the Winter weather finally starting to bite this week, and most of West Yorkshire experiencing some snowfall, employees and employers alike may find this ACAS guide to Winter weather travel disruption and how it could impact on the workplace useful.
Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd has announced that from 2013, voluntary sector organisations will have the opportunity to attend a series of new practical workshops to help them capitalise on opportunities to work for Government. The aim of the masterclass programme is to help the voluntary sector to strengthen its commercial skills, and bid successfully for public service contracts. For the full story visit the Open4Community website.
Adrian Lythgo, Chief Executive of Kirklees Council to the Voluntary and Community Sector, has released the following message regarding Kirklees Council’s annual budget announcement due later this year. The message can be accessed in this Setting The Budget document. More info to follow over the coming months.
NAVCA has welcomed Nick Hurd’s interim response to Lord Hodgson’s Charities Act Review. The response can be seen as a victory for smaller and local charities, on what was the most comprehensive look at Charity law for years. For the full story, visit the NAVCA website.