CFG publishes proposals for next government

13th April 2015

Ahead of the General Election, Charity Finance Group has produced a short briefing for members on its policy priorities for the next government titled 'Supporting charities to do good' (.pdf).

The briefing is based on Charity Finance Group’s work this parliament in improving the financial operating environment for charities and consultation with members.

The briefing outlines five policies for the next government to institute:

  1. Invest in a sector-led campaign to improve public awareness and understanding of Gift Aid.
  2. Create a mechanism for charities to claim irrecoverable VAT so that more resources can be freed up to achieve charitable objectives.
  3. Pass legislation to enable charities to avoid triggering section 75 debt if they close their pension scheme to future accruals by members.
  4. Increase and put on a long term footing the budget of Charity Commission so that the regulator is able to fully carry out its investigations and compliance work without compromising  the provision of essential guidance and support for charities and trustees in meeting charity law requirements.
  5. Build financial capacity in the sector by ensuring that funding to improve financial management skills in charities is included in future government spending programmes for the sector.

If you would like to find out more information about this briefing or Charity Finance Group’s policy and public affairs work please contact Andrew O’Brien, Head of Policy & Public Affairs: policy@cfg.org.uk or 0207 871 5477.

 

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