Stone King Charity Essentials - July 2019

Welcome to the July edition of Charity Essentials. There are some interesting articles on bullying, harassment and discrimination in the charity workplace, safer recruitment and upcoming tax changes affecting self-employed contractors. Julian Blake has recently written an article for Public Finance ‘Local authority commissioning is better when the community is involved’.

Charity Essentials is now taking a break during August and will return at the end of September.

Bullying, harassment and discrimination

Following the revelations concerning Oxfam and the Presidents Club, the spotlight has been firmly focused on the charity sector and the culture within it. Investigations and reports have been produced highlighting failings and bad practice.

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Provision of employee references and ensuring safe recruitment

References should form part of your charity’s safer recruitment practices which make sure your staff and volunteers (including trustees) are suitable to work with children, young people and adults at risk.

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Tax changes affecting self-employed contractors

From 6 April 2020, employers will be required to undertake an assessment of the employment status of self-employment contractors, and may be required to deduct employment tax at source.

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Charity Tax Commission report published

The Charity Tax Commission ('CTC') has published its report ‘Reforming charity taxation – towards a stronger civil society’. There are several recommendations, some short-term proposals and some longer-term proposals.

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Social Finance Blog

Social Finance and Charities

We previously introduced the concept of social finance in our post ‘What is Social Finance?’, this week we take an introductory look at the role of charities in the social finance space.

For charities, social finance can mean two things: investments into a charity or investment by a charity.

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