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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.

Planning for and dealing with major incidents

Zurich Insurance Group and the Guardian Voluntary Network have published a guide for charities on planning for and dealing with major incidents.

 

Gift Aid and relief on donations

Gift aid and other tax reliefs, worth over £1billion to charities, have not been proven to actually increase the amount of money given to good causes, according to a report released by the National Audit Office.

Revised Common Investment Funds schemes

The Charity Commission has published two revised model schemes for Common Investment Funds following a consultation this summer.

Connecting Policy with Practice

Connecting Policy with Practice, a year-long study of the relationship between Whitehall policy-making and frontline public service delivery by charities has identified five “fundamental disconnects” between policy and practice.

Sorp publication date announced

The Charity Commission has stated that it expects the new Sorp to be published by the end of June 2014, with it taking effect in 2015.

Trends in charity publications

Print remains an important medium for communicating with supporters, and charities should ask audiences how they want to receive information, according to the CharityComms report, Reading Between the Lines.

Regulation of charity advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority is reviewing its approach to regulating charity adverts, whereby charities are given more leeway to use sensitive and upsetting content, in response to public concern about messages from charities.

Charity Commission publishes analysis of annual return consultation

The Charity Commission has published the results of the consultation on proposed changes to the annual return and changes to the information displayed on the register of charities.

Change in Shadow Minister for Civil Society following re-shuffle

Gareth Thomas has been moved out of his post as Shadow Minister for Civil society and in to the Shadow Europe Portfolio as part of Labour Leader Ed Miliband's ministerial re-shuffle.

New audio podcasts for trustees

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a new series of audio podcasts, designed to help charity trustees understand their duties under charity law.

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