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LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN

 People are beginning to try to build a picture of what the new normal will look like How are businesses and charities going to repair the enormous damage done to their organisations? Answers are needed and time’s of the essence. One thing’s for sure; there’s going to be a lot of people wanting to get back to their offices and places of work. There’s also going to be a lot of people who’ve decided they’d rather like to continue working from home. Predictions

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Working safely during COVID 19 for places of work. NEW Government Publication Link

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 Update – 12/5/20 Working Safely during Corona Virus The UK government in consultation with a cross section of Industry has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible The new guidance covers 8 workplace settings which are allowed to open. This outlines the practical steps for business and is focused on 5 key points which should be implemented as soon as practical. Work from home if you can Carry out a covid risk assessment

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CASH AND COVID: Tips for uncertain times

We’re in touch with an increasing number of charities working to help them through this difficult time. This is a moment when cash in the bank is rather more valuable than cash promised or on its way. This is the time when an adequate level of reserves may see you through. Sadly, many charities operate pretty much hand to mouth and putting money aside into reserves has never been more than a dream.  “Revenue is vanity, profit is sanity, but

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MEETINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

Holding Meetings under Social Distancing Rules: COVID-19 social distancing measures require people to stay at home and prevent gatherings of more than two people in public unless essential for work (or gatherings of people who live together). This poses challenges for organisations that normally hold physical meetings. Much of this guidance focusses on large companies, but many small organisations face similar problems. This briefing should not be relied upon for formal purposes and readers should seek advice as appropriate to

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Charities using Digital Fundraising successfully.

Here is a link to a great article on many success stories on how charities, from small to big, have quickly adapted in these challenging times to make digital fundraising work for them. https://charitydigital.org.uk/topics/coronavirus-how-charities-are-using-digital-fundraising–7396?utm_source=Charity%20Digital%20Trust&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11516580_CHNW_20_1_EMAL_C&utm_content=digital%20fundraising&dm_i=O,6UU90,RNSGZU,RI3H4,1

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Keeping things Simple

In 2016 AstraZeneca launched a ‘Million Hour Challenge’ – a programme to save the business 1 million hours a year which could be reinvested. AstraZeneca recognised that internal complexity was blocking growth and wanted people from across the organisation to remove low value, often unnecessary, time-consuming work and reuse this time for high value work which would create growth. A year on results were impressive. 700 simplification projects resulted in more than 2 million hours a year being saved. Reducing

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Can furloughed workers act as volunteers

We’ve had a few enquiries on this subject and have generally advised a common sense approach. A group of 60 charity leaders last week called on the government to grant voluntary sector staff an exemption to this rule because many charities face having to furlough staff at a time when demand for their services is soaring.  It’s true that charities could take advantage of the scheme. However many charities have seen demand for their services climb through the roof; at

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Access Insurance response to COVID-19

Access Insurance are one of AFVS CIC’s partners who have been considering the potential impact of Coronavirus on their operations, staff and clients for some time. This has included reviewing and updating their continuity plans, seeking clarity from insurers on the extent to which cover exists for their clients and identifying how they can best protect their staff and clients. Access Insurance want to support you, providing clarity on how your insurance policy reacts to this crisis. They know you will have concerns during this

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How to Manage your daily routine

  Your Routine – Do everything in your power to avoid blending your personal with your professional life– Wake up at your regular time, shower, and dress – Dedicate a spot in your home as your work space that’s NOT the couch/your bed– Don’t do chores that you normally wouldn’t have been home to do (biggest offender: laundry) Communication – OVER communicate with your team and your direct report. If you feel like you are communicating too much, you could probably

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Impact of Salary sacrifice Schemes on Furlough Grant (Notes courtesy of Sue King, Wrigleys Solicitors, Leeds

COVID-19 Briefing Many independent schools are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions. The proposal to reduce school fees next term and plans to furlough staff have raised a number of questions in circumstances where staff participate in a salary sacrifice schemes relating to school fees and pensions. For frequently asked questions relating to furlough leave in general please see  https://www.wrigleys.co.uk/news/charity-social-economy/faqs—covid-19-employment-law-and-furlough-leave/ For queries relating specifically to furlough leave and salary sacrifice schemes please see below where

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Regulator Guidance on including Covid-19 impact in charity accounts

Trustees need to understand how the widespread, and potentially highly severe, implications of the coronavirus on charities should be considered in annual accounts, the regulators involved in setting charity accounting rules have said. The Charities SORP-making body has issued guidance that warns that government measures to limit the spread of the virus have “potential implications for charity income, expenditure and commitments, and the value of charity assets and liabilities. In some cases, the implications may be so severe as to cast

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Employee eligibility if the organisation receives public sector funding

The HMRC guidance is particularly sketchy and unclear on furlough in organisations which receive public sector funding. It states that where an organisation receives such funding for staff costs, and the funding is continuing, employers are expected to continue paying staff, and not to furlough them. (This is presumably because furloughing them would be claiming additional public sector funding.) This restriction on furloughing could have profound implications for organisations whose grant applications or contract bids explicitly (or even implicitly?) include

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