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The Coalition government has stepped up its process of decentralisation and devolution of power to local authorities and their communities. Local authorities will have the liberty to make decisions about allocation of resources free from central government guidelines. An increasing role for the VCS to deliver public services is expected. VCS organisations are expected to have a key role to play in identifying needs as well as delivering services. This page deals with policies that have an impact on funding, commissioning and procurement for the VCS.

Legacy Fundraising – State of the Nation 2014

Fundraisers lack confidence in charities' legacy giving strategies and just eight percent rate their legacy promotional materials as very effective, according to a report.

£1.5million grant fund to help charities take on social investment

A £1.5million grant fund to help charities demonstrate their impact and take on social investment has been launched by the Cabinet Office.

How community groups improve people’s lives

The existence of a million under-the-radar community groups that provide vital services and support could be in peril, according to the latest research from the Community Development Foundation.

Fundraising at train stations

Only charities that are members of the Fundraising Standards Board and file their annual returns on time with the Charity Commission will be able to fundraise at more than 1,000 train stations in England and Wales under a new initiative to promote safer giving on the rail network.

Making the most of digital donations

The Institute of Fundraising and Charity Finance Group have launched a free guide to selecting and using online giving platforms, entitled Making the most of digital donations.

20 percent tax on direct mail

Charities which have single sourcing contracts for production and postage of their direct mail will have to pay 20 percent VAT on those contracts from 1 October, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed.

Registering of merged charities

The Charity Commission has updated its information on when merging charities should inform the commission of their merger.

Review of Social Value Act

The Cabinet Office has announced a review of the Social Value Act, which will look into the potential for it to be extended more widely.

£40 million available from Regional Growth Fund

With over £40million available in England through Regional Growth Fund, the Community Development Finance Association is calling on East Midlands based businesses to apply to community development finance institutions to gain access to finance from the fund..

Charity corporate partnerships

Partnerships between companies and charities are becoming longer and worth more money to charities, according to the Corporate NGO Partnerships Barometer, a new report from the consultancy C&E Advisory..


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