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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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COVID-19 Resource Hub and Link to CAF funding

As a result of the Coronavirus, many organisations are now in an extremely precarious position, often having to deliver additional services with fewer volunteers and staff members, while having to cancel fundraising activities. This link from Charity Bank will take you to a comprehensive list of solutions, help and resources for charities. Resource Hub: https://charitybank.org/news/covid-19-resource-hub Clicking the next link will take you to the Charities Aid Foundation page for emergency funding help for smaller and medium size charities. https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=socialorganic&utm_campaign=GENCAMCVD1920

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Cash Flow

This is going to be an imperative for many thousands of charities over the coming weeks and months. We’ll do our best to help and advise any charities asking for our support. In my first COVID-19 blog there was a question asked, ‘Can we take money from a restricted fund to keep us afloat in this present crisis?’  I just read through the advice. It’s helpful, but of course in reality restricted fund accounts can be a bit of a

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COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Charities and Social Sector Organisations

As a result of the Coronavirus, many organisations are now in an extremely precarious position, often having to deliver additional services with fewer volunteers and staff members, while having to cancel fundraising activities. Clicking the link shows a list of emergency funds for charities and social enterprises that are experiencing difficulties. It will be updated as new opportunities are identified, so please do contact them if you are aware of any funds that should be included. The link page was

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Corona virus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC will reimburse 80% of “furloughed workers” (workforce who remain on payroll but are temporarily not working during the coronavirus outbreak) wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.  The small print is yet to be disclosed; employment law specialist Rustom Tata has taken a look at the headlines and the questions recurring so far.   The application of the Scheme raises a number of issues.  Below we have identified some initial questions that we anticipate most employers

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HMRC Time to Pay Scheme

Tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities, businesses can apply if they have missed a tax payment, or might miss their next payment due to COVID-19. The headlines of the Scheme https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses are that: It will be for the employer to claim payment under the Scheme. Every employer is eligible – it is not clear, but it is assumed this will apply to public sector employees (such as those in local and central government). It appears that it will apply to

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SIR – Serious Incident Report

Helping charities through the COVID – 19 emergency: Serious Incident reports (SIR) These are challenging times, and many charities will be compelled to make some difficult decisions; for instance, having to close the office, or change the way the charity operates. However, many charities are concerned that this would constitute a serious incident, which requires reporting to the Charity Commission. And if so, what the timescale will be for filing such a report. Generally, a serious incident includes: harm to

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