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Hours for Flexi- Furlough Purposes Link

See the excellent link below on examples and calculations re furlough and working hours https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/tax/hmrc-policy/cjrs-what-are-usual-hours-for-flexi-furlough-purposes?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AWPOTW080720&utm_content=AWPOTW080720+CID_22d11c7ac79ea57daf5c7b451ff68e01&utm_source=internal_cm&utm_term=Read%20more

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Board meetings on Zoom

One of the results of the pandemic is that many charities have no choice but to decide to cancel or postpone their AGMs and other critical meetings. Depending on the type of charity and meeting, there’s some flexibility that allows them to do this: AGMs for companies or CIOs: AGMs can be delayed until 30 September 2020 at the latest; (the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.) it also applies to CICs and friendly societies. It temporarily overrides the timing requirements

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Gift Aid and HMRC Update

HMRC has agreed to relax a few Gift Aid rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these have been negotiated by the Charity Tax Group.  Cancelled events When a charity has to cancel an event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC accepts the charity may claim Gift Aid on ticket refunds if individuals choose to donate their refund to the charity under Gift Aid. HMRC requires charities to: ·         contact the individual who paid for the event ·         explain they are entitled to a refund

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PLANNING YOUR RETURN TO MEETING AS A CHURCH

We are at the beginning of the end of lockdown. Soon we will be able to begin to reopen our buildings and organise meetings. There’s a lot we don’t know at this stage and we await government directions with no little trepidation. Time to start to think our way into what likely good practise will look like. What have we achieved in recent weeks which of course included Easter? We’ve recreated how church is done, and had unprecedented virtual Easter

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COVID-19 SECURE – UK GOVERNMENT RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR SAFE RETURN TO WORK

The Covid-19 Secure guidelines released by the UK government on 11 May 2020 include 8 sets of guidelines for different sectors. These are guidelines providing steps which “will usually be needed”– they provide a good vision for how to implement the right safety measures and redesign our workplaces for the return to work. We’ve reviewed the suggested steps for office and group working settings to see the key themes arising from the government report which was prepared in consultation with

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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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