Charity finance policy

One of CFG’s key roles is providing a voice for charities to government, parliament, regulators and other stakeholders to improve the environment that they work in.

This covers a wide range of areas from Brexit to public service reform.

As a membership organisation, we depend on members to highlight the challenges they face to do our work effectively. We hold regular discussions with members on how to shape policy and report back to them on changes that have resulted from our work.

In this section you can read more about how we work with our members to influence change.


CFG statement on Chancellor's Cost of Living Support announcement
26 May 2022
Dr Clare Mills, Director of Policy and Communications, CFG, responds to the announcements made today [26 May 2022] by the Chancellor on the Government's cost of living support package.

Spring Statement 2022: CFG reacts
23 March 2022
Caron Bradshaw responds to today's [23 March 2022] statement from Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

CFG and Pro Bono Economics publish Economic Outlook Briefing 2022/23
10 March 2022
MEDIA RELEASE: An overview of all the key economic issues and trends to help charities make sense of the year ahead.

Caron Bradshaw responds to the Autumn #Budget2021
27 October 2021
The good, the bad and the ugly. CFG's CEO, Caron Bradshaw, shares her initial thoughts on the Autumn budget.

What the Autumn Budget means for you
27 October 2021
Richard Sagar, Acting Head of Policy at CFG, sifts through the Autumn Budget and Spending Review documents and explains what it means for charities.

CFG launches new leadership tool for finance teams
11 October 2021
New edition of The Finance Journey will empower a new generation of charity leaders.

CFG responds to first ever consultation on developing global financial reporting standards
12 August 2021
CFG urges members to get involved in Part Two of IFR4NPO's consultation on international reporting.

New report reveals sector's foreign exchange challenges
15 July 2021 and Crowe join forces to release first ever foreign exchange white paper for the UK charity sector.

CFG responds to government consultation on restoring trust in audit and corporate governance
13 July 2021
Large charities back CFG’s call for proportionate reporting and auditing laws.

Collapse in charity provision looms at moment of greatest need
19 August 2020
58% of charities to cut back services as coronavirus set to cost sector 60,000 jobs Download full report

Caron Bradshaw appointed as a member of new SORP Committee
13 February 2020
Caron Bradshaw, CEO at Charity Finance Group has been appointed as a member of the new SORP Committee.

Sector bodies issue joint proposal for Chancellor ahead of March's Budget
10 February 2020
Charity sector infrastructure bodies including ACEVO, CFG, Children England, Locality, Local Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation and NCVO, who together represent thousands of charities across the UK, have joined together to ...

A Charity Finance Manifesto To Enable Civil Society To Thrive
14 November 2019
In the run-up to the election, CFG has partnered with ACEVO, Children England, institute of Fundraising, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Local Trust, NAVCA, NCVO and Small Charities Coalition to publish a ...

Spending Review Briefing 2019
4 September 2019
Yesterday's Spending Review marked the Chancellor’s first major announcement since Boris Johnson has become Prime Minister.

BEIS Review of the Financial Reporting Council
19 June 2019
Initial Consultation on the Recommendations

Spring Statement 2019
13 March 2019
CFG have developed a briefing of all the main points from today's Spring Statement.

If it comes down to a vote on no-deal, vote against it, says CFG
12 March 2019
As we face down a potential series of meaningful votes in Parliament this week, CFG has sent MPs a briefing which urges them, in the interest of charities, to vote ...

Increasing number of charities fear property poses risks to their charitable mission
7 November 2018
Today the findings of the fourth Charity Property Matters Survey are published by the Ethical Property Foundation, in partnership with the Charity Commission and Charity Finance Group

Charity Finance Group's briefing on the Autumn Budget 2018
30 October 2018
Now the dust has settled, what did the 2018 Budget mean for the charity sector? Download our Budget Briefing for a full analysis and views from our corporate experts.

Brexit will be bad for both charities and beneficiaries, says new report from CFG
3 September 2018
In a new report on the impact of Brexit on charities, Charity Finance Group calls on the government to urgently adopt a six-point plan to create a better outcome for ...

Post-Brexit immigration rules could cause skills shortage in charities
5 June 2018
A new report from the Institute of Public Policy Research, commissioned by Charity Finance Group, has found that 82% of EU nationals currently working in the charity sector would be ...

Charities need to find nearly £4bn additional income by 2020 finds CFG
8 May 2018
Charity Finance Group’s latest Economic Outlook Briefing has found that inflation mean that charities have to raise £3.7bn a year extra by 2020 in order to maintain their spending power ...

Local infrastructure needs more support if it is going to meet needs of small charities, finds CFG report
8 August 2017
As part of its Small Charities Programme, funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Charity Finance Group has released a report on the state of small charity accountancy and support service providers ...

Charities could thrive with a ‘clean Brexit’ says major report
28 July 2017
Leaving EU could ‘unlock financial resources and cut red tape' ‘Clean Brexit’ poses ‘less risk’ to voluntary sector than remaining in the Single Market and customs union Reducing tax burden ...

The wealthy and business prioritised over disadvantaged communities in Brexit negotiations, say British public
15 June 2017
Just 9% of British adults believe that disadvantaged people and communities are one of the government’s top three priorities in the Brexit negotiations. This compares with 54% who believe that ...

Devolution and voluntary sector summit
9 September 2016
CFG, Locality, Children England and NAVCA host 30 voluntary sector leaders and produce a sector statement on devolution

Charities’ business rate bill set to double despite lack of public support for the tax
1 September 2016
Analysis of government data by Charity Finance Group has estimated that charities’ total business rate bill will double by the end of the decade. By 2020, charities will be spending ...

Charity Finance Group launches programme to help improve small charities’ finances
1 September 2016
The Small Charities Programme is being supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The programme will deliver subsidised training for small charities, develop and collect resources to help small charities manage their ...

Accounting without Borders
Accounting without Borders helps not-for-profit organizations deliver maximum positive impact efficiently and effectively by improving financial systems. AWB has worked in 13 countries since its inception. Our services are grounded ...

Barclays Corporate
A third of the top 100 UK charities choose Barclays as their main bank, we’re trusted to help not-for-profit clients maximise their financial resources and optimise cost efficiency.

Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
Bates Wells is ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 as the leading charity and social enterprise lawyers in the UK. Our lawyers are personally committed to the charity sector – ...

Brown Advisory
Brown Advisory is a global, independent investment management firm with a long-term commitment to charities and sustainable investing. We support over 400 charities, personally through board, committee, volunteer work and ...

Co-operative Bank
Ethical banking since 1872. We share your values, supporting charities with lending, deposits and transactional banking from a bank that understands not-for-profit organisations. Proud to be the UK's best-rated high-street ...

Endsleigh Insurance services
Access tailored insurance packages and advice to fit your needs with Endsleigh. With more than thirty years’ experience and over 3,000 not-for-profit customers in the UK, we work with market-leading ...

HCR Hewitsons
The Charities team at HCR is fully immersed in the charities sector– so much so that we’re involved in specialist professional groups and run events for charities to share their ...

As a top 10 specialist legal advisor to the UK’s top charities, our team has worked with this sector for many years and advises on all aspects from start up ...

HSBC UK Bank Plc
Proudly providing banking services to over 35,000 charities from the very largest to the smallest local community organisations.

Lloyds Bank PLC
We’re a leading provider of banking services to UK charities. Our team of specialists understand the issues our clients face and the challenges posed by a shifting political, economic and ...

Mills & Reeve
Our charities team is part of a full service firm with broad experience across the commercial sector and international markets. This means you get complete answers and best practice from ...

We specialise in using Sage accounting software and data analytics to help businesses work better, faster, and smarter. With over 15 years’ experience, we’re proud to be trusted by our ...

Russell-Cooke is a top 100 law firm with 47 partners and 235 other staff offering services to individuals, businesses and charities.

Our dedicated and experienced Relationship Directors understand the unique needs of the charity & not-for-profit sectors.

Noted for its “exceptionally high level of service, professionalism, integrity and knowledge”, Wrigleys Solicitors is a niche firm with 24 partners and over 170 staff which specialises in advising charities ...

XPS Pensions Group
XPS Pensions Group is the largest pure pensions consultancy in the UK, specialising in actuarial, investment consulting and administration. The XPS Pensions Group business combines expertise, insight and technology to ...