Charity finance policy

One of CFG’s key roles is providing a voice for charities to government, parliament, regulators and other stakeholders to improve the environment that they work in.

This covers a wide range of areas from Brexit to public service reform.

As a membership organisation, we depend on members to highlight the challenges they face to do our work effectively. We hold regular discussions with members on how to shape policy and report back to them on changes that have resulted from our work.

In this section you can read more about how we work with our members to influence change.

 

South West and Wales Conference 2019
27 November 2019
Growing your charity’s effectiveness

Social Care Conference 2019
8 October 2019
Explore the pressing issues and find out how legislative and regulatory changes could affect your charity

CFG Annual Handbook 2019
19 June 2019
The aim of The Pink Book is to provide you and your wider colleagues, trustees and stakeholders with the resources, support and assistance to drive social change. Read it, pass ...

Economic Outlook Briefing 2019/20
12 June 2019

The year ahead 

London Property Survey Statistical Analysis
19 November 2018
Survey Results & Analysis of data undertaken by Charity Finance Group

London Charity Property Survey Findings
19 November 2018
The Survey reveals: how London’s charities hold and use property, whether rented or owned specific property related issues and how they impact on staff, volunteers and service users the capacity ...

London Charity Property Survey Results in Summary
19 November 2018

Findings at a glance

Economic Outlook Briefing 2018
9 May 2018
Headlines in this edition: Concerns over fundraising from the public over the medium term as higher inflation and weak pay growth means that households will feel the squeeze Interest rates ...

CFG Annual Handbook 2018
1 May 2018
Within this great publication you will find technically-geared content, suggested template documents and stimulating discussion pieces that will assist your endeavours throughout the year.

Apprenticeship Levy Guide
28 March 2018
Charity Finance Group, in partnership with Grant Thornton, has launched a free Apprenticeship Levy Guide for charities. The Guide clearly explains how the Levy works, how you can get the ...

CFG Handbook 2017
1 May 2017
We hope that you find this resource, tailored specifically to the need of members, useful and that it delivers content on the things you have highlighted as most important to ...

CFG Annual Handbook 2016
1 May 2016
CFG's Annual Handbook, also known as the 'Pink Book', is a compendium of advice and opinion pieces on key issues for charity professionals. Primary members in CFG member organisations receive ...

Spending Review Briefing 2019
4 September 2019
Yesterday's Spending Review marked the Chancellor’s first major announcement since Boris Johnson has become Prime Minister.

BEIS Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council
19 June 2019
Initial Consultation on the Recommendations

Spring Statement 2019
13 March 2019
CFG have developed a briefing of all the main points from today's Spring Statement.

If it comes down to a vote on no-deal, vote against it, says CFG
12 March 2019
As we face down a potential series of meaningful votes in Parliament this week, CFG has sent MPs a briefing which urges them, in the interest of charities, to vote ...

Increasing number of charities fear property poses risks to their charitable mission
7 November 2018
Today the findings of the fourth Charity Property Matters Survey are published by the Ethical Property Foundation, in partnership with the Charity Commission and Charity Finance Group

Charity Finance Group's briefing on the Autumn Budget 2018
30 October 2018
Now the dust has settled, what did the 2018 Budget mean for the charity sector? Download our Budget Briefing for a full analysis and views from our corporate experts.

Brexit will be bad for both charities and beneficiaries, says new report from CFG
3 September 2018
In a new report on the impact of Brexit on charities, Charity Finance Group calls on the government to urgently adopt a six-point plan to create a better outcome for ...

Post-Brexit immigration rules could cause skills shortage in charities
5 June 2018
A new report from the Institute of Public Policy Research, commissioned by Charity Finance Group, has found that 82% of EU nationals currently working in the charity sector would be ...

Charities need to find nearly £4bn additional income by 2020 finds CFG
8 May 2018
Charity Finance Group’s latest Economic Outlook Briefing has found that inflation mean that charities have to raise £3.7bn a year extra by 2020 in order to maintain their spending power ...

Local infrastructure needs more support if it is going to meet needs of small charities, finds CFG report
8 August 2017
As part of its Small Charities Programme, funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Charity Finance Group has released a report on the state of small charity accountancy and support service providers ...

Charities could thrive with a ‘clean Brexit’ says major report
28 July 2017
Leaving EU could ‘unlock financial resources and cut red tape' ‘Clean Brexit’ poses ‘less risk’ to voluntary sector than remaining in the Single Market and customs union Reducing tax burden ...

The wealthy and business prioritised over disadvantaged communities in Brexit negotiations, say British public
15 June 2017
Just 9% of British adults believe that disadvantaged people and communities are one of the government’s top three priorities in the Brexit negotiations. This compares with 54% who believe that ...

Devolution and voluntary sector summit
9 September 2016
CFG, Locality, Children England and NAVCA host 30 voluntary sector leaders and produce a sector statement on devolution

Charities’ business rate bill set to double despite lack of public support for the tax
1 September 2016
Analysis of government data by Charity Finance Group has estimated that charities’ total business rate bill will double by the end of the decade. By 2020, charities will be spending ...

Charity Finance Group launches programme to help improve small charities’ finances
1 September 2016
The Small Charities Programme is being supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The programme will deliver subsidised training for small charities, develop and collect resources to help small charities manage their ...

Time to get on an election footing
5 September 2019
By David Ainsworth, Sector Specialist, CFG For what seems like the latest of many times, we have seen a dramatic week in our politics. We're almost certain to see our ...

We must prepare for a no-deal Brexit
29 August 2019
Caron Bradshaw CEO of Charity Finance Group

Five takeaways from August’s Inflation Report
9 August 2019
CFG’s Policy Manager Richard Sagar outlines his five key takeaways from the August Inflation Report and explores what they mean for the charity sector.

The lessons for Oxfam and the wider sector
7 August 2019
Karl Wilding, shortly to take over as chief executive of NCVO, reflects on the lessons of Oxfam, and talks about the importance of getting your safeguarding and governance right.

Our new PM is neither a buffoon nor a jester. It's time to take him seriously.
26 July 2019
Caron Bradshaw reflects on Johnson's appointment as the new PM, and weighs up some of the potential outcomes from this week's political upheaval.  

What does the new prime minster mean for the charity sector?
25 July 2019
By David Ainsworth, Sector Specialist, CFG

The Charity Tax Commission report - does it go far enough?
23 July 2019
The Charity Tax Commission report was published earlier this month. Richard Sagar, CFG's Policy Manager explores the main findings and recommendations in the report. It's a welcome review he says, ...

Brexit crystal ball
1 April 2019
Having called it right on both Brexit and Trump in 2016, Caron Bradshaw considers possible outcomes now. Whatever the result, the impact will be lasting, and there’s a great deal ...

Charity Property Matters Survey 2018
7 February 2019
CFG members Ethical Property Foundation, in partnership with the Charity Commission and Charity Finance Group, have published the findings from their fourth Charity Property Matters Survey. Here Antonia Swinson, Chief ...

Are you prepared for a WTO Brexit?
23 January 2019
By Caron Bradshaw, CEO, Charity Finance Group With the prospect of a no deal Brexit lurking on the horizon, Caron Bradshaw talks about the implications of WTO and urges charities ...

What the recent SCOTUS judge controversy can teach us about the Charities’ SORP
15 January 2019
It's hard to get excited about the current review of the charities' SORP says Caron Bradshaw, but it's imperative we engage with the consultation. Like the recent controversial appointment of ...

Live Blog: Budget 2018
29 October 2018
On Monday 29th October at 15:30 the the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will deliver the annual budget. We will be live blogging all the key announcements and how they will impact ...

Labour Conference September 2018 update - Brexit and Beyond
25 September 2018
CFG's Richard Sagar shares the latest from the Labour Party Conference.

Does the Civil Society Strategy deliver for charities?
16 August 2018
By Richard Sagar, Policy Manager, Charity Finance Group

Spring Statement 2018: What should charities be looking out for?
13 March 2018
Today the Chancellor stands up to deliver his Spring Statement. Didn’t this use to be Budget Day I hear you ask? Yes, it did. But now we have one fiscal ...

Review: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing Report - Extremism in Charities
1 March 2018
Yesterday the Henry Jackson Society through its Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism released a report on “How Islamist Extremists exploit the UK Charitable Sector.” 

A stairway to heaven on business rates for the charity sector?
1 December 2017
Now that it has been a week since the Chancellor submitted his Autumn Budget, CFG has been able to take a finer look at what the document says on business ...

Live Blog: Autumn Budget 2017
22 November 2017
On Wednesday 22nd November at 12:30pm the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will deliver the first Budget since the General Election in June. If you can’t tune into the Chancellor’s speech, then ...

What should charities expect from the Autumn Budget 2017?
17 November 2017
It’s that time of the year again when the newspapers are full of gossip about potential giveaways or shocking tax changes which are going to cost eye-watering sums of money. ...

Serious but still lacking substance – Labour Party Conference 2017
29 September 2017
Labour Party Conference 2017 has ended and Jeremy Corbyn’s speech has laid out his belief that the party should now be seen as a government in waiting. The mood in ...

Government no longer has the luxury of ignoring charities
25 September 2017
Charity Finance Group has made two submissions to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget. One alongside a coalition of other representative bodies. The other, on our own, regarding charity tax reform. ...

Could political instability create financial instability for charities?
23 August 2017
Charities have operated for some time in the midst of economic instability. This has become the bread and butter for most organisations - the recession, cuts in government spending or ...

Why has CFG written a report on potential Brexit deals?
1 August 2017
As you may have read in the newspapers, Charity Finance Group has drafted a report on the potential opportunities and risks facing the charity sector on Brexit. We have considered ...

The government is in danger of ignoring social issues in Brexit talks
5 July 2017
It’s only been a year and it is clear that the public are starting to get Brexit fatigue. The most recent General Election was dubbed the ‘Brexit election’ but yet ...

Record Management Toolkit Launch Roundup
20 June 2017
Last Thursday, CFG in partnership with  the British Academy Research Project ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain’ based at UCL Institute of Education, launched the free Records Management in Charities: ...

Charities must not let Brexit negotiations get away from them
19 June 2017
The government has formally begun its Brexit negotiations with the EU – so expect lots of awkward looking photographs of UK and European politicians sitting across from each other. It’s ...

LIVE BLOG: General Election 2017
9 June 2017
Follow CFG's analysis of what General Election 2017 means for charities via our Live Blog. You can also keep up to date by following Andrew O'Brien, Anjelica Finnegan, Heather ...

General Election 2017: The campaigns through a charity lens
7 June 2017
Tomorrow the country goes to the polls and the outcome is still uncertain. CFG has been quietly working on this election campaign, doing a number of briefings for MPs and ...

CFG members should feel free to campaign in General Election 2017
2 June 2017
A message from Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group: Dear CFG members, As you will be aware there has been significant media coverage in recent days about the impact ...

General Election 2017: Conservative Manifesto Charity Analysis
19 May 2017
CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our third and final analysis, of the Conservative ...

General Election 2017: Liberal Democrats Manifesto Charity Analysis
19 May 2017
CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our second analysis, of the Liberal Democrats Manifesto.  ...

General Election 2017: Labour Manifesto Charity Analysis
12 May 2017
CFG will be analysing all the manifestos to understand what impact they may have on the operating environment for charities. Here is our first analysis of the Labour Party Manifesto ...

General Election 2017
8 May 2017
In the run up to the General Election on 8 June this blog post will provide you with all the resources and analysis CFG produces. We urge you to use them ...

GE 2017: Charities must not be afraid to make a case for themselves
18 April 2017
Theresa May has called a General Election for the 8th June. NCVO has some good information for charities that are thinking about campaigning and I am sure that they will ...

What the EU’s Brexit Strategy means for charities
31 March 2017
The European Council has published its ‘draft’ negotiation position for its future relationship with the UK. The BBC has a good article which gives an overview of the document. But ...

We must not see a rush to charging charities for regulation – House of Lords report
27 March 2017
There has been a lot of coverage in the sector media of the voluminous House of Lords report on the future of the charity sector. It is well worth a ...

Live Blog: Spring Budget 2017
7 March 2017
Welcome to Charity Finance Group's Spring Budget Live Blog.

If I was Prime Minister for a day...
12 January 2017
On Monday the Prime Minister spoke at the Charity Commission's annual public meeting. In her speech she talked about the 'shared society'. In this blog CFG's policy team Anjelica, Heather ...

Another referendum bites the dust
7 December 2016
CFG's Celeste Giuffrida, an Italian citizen living in London, reflects on what her countrymen's vote could mean for the EU and for the charity sector.  

Live Blog: Autumn Statement 2016
22 November 2016
Welcome to CFG's 2016 Autumn Statement live blog! 

Apprenticeship levy update - October 2016
25 October 2016
This morning the Department for Education announced updates to their plans for reforming the apprenticeship system. Of particular interest to charities is the extension in the time that employers will ...

Saying what we want: Devolution & Voluntary Sector Summit
9 September 2016
On Wednesday, over 30 voluntary sector leaders came together in London to discuss devolution and the voluntary sector. Over the past few years, regions across England have been agreeing with ...

Devolution is our chance to advocate for the most vulnerable
2 September 2016
Kathy Evans, CEO of Children England highlights the important voice that the voluntary sector has and how they can use it to be a power of advocacy. 

How will the 'devolution revolution' be financed?
1 September 2016
At CFG, Locality, NAVCA and Children England's The Voluntary Sector and Devolution Summit we'll be looking at the key concerns about financing  local government under devolution deals. 

Caron asks: 'Why does the voluntary sector need a devolution summit?'
31 August 2016
Caron Bradshaw, CEO of Charity Finance Group, explains why CFG has worked with partners to organise the Devolution and the Voluntary Sector Summit and why she thinks it is important ...

EU Referendum: Keep watching this space…
24 June 2016
The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union and the Prime Minister has resigned. What does this mean for charities? The decision to leave the European Union will ...

EU Referendum: What could this mean for charities?
6 June 2016
As the 23rd June appears closer and closer this Europe's Final Countdown song has never felt more relevant as the UK public decides whether they will be voting to remain ...

Apprenticeship Levy update: what charities need to know
31 March 2016
Earlier this month, CFG organised a round table with the Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, to discuss the challenges the Apprenticeship Levy will impose on the sector and our recommendations ...

The Tampon Tax: how not to provide sustainable funding for charities
24 March 2016
After months of high profile campaigns, this week has brought the welcome news that the UK will no longer apply VAT onto women’s sanitary products. 

Early analysis of Budget 2016: a missed opportunity
16 March 2016
Whilst charities will no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief - not least because the axe over mandatory business rate reliefs seem to have been taken away - the ...

Hunting for the silver lining; the IFS, the economy and charities.
12 February 2016
This week I attended the IFS’s Green Budget 2016 event, which provides an essential commentary on the economic issues facing the current government over the next Parliament. The report comes ...

What did the Romans ever know about data protection?
19 January 2016
As usual, quite a lot. Caesar famously used his cipher device to protect important and sensitive military data among his generals. So what can we learn from the famous Roman?

What’s in local government’s Christmas stocking?
17 December 2015
t’s Christmas and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has unveiled the government’s provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2016-17. The Local Government Finance Settlement is effectively ...

What does the economic data mean for charities?
26 November 2015
The Spending Review gets all the attention, but the most important document in many ways is the Economic and Fiscal Outlook by the Office of Budget Responsibility. This sets out ...

LIVE BLOG: #SR2015
25 November 2015

Manifesto Watch 2015: UKIP
16 April 2015
CFG’s analysis of the party manifestos concludes with the United Kingdom Independence Party which unveiled their manifesto yesterday. 

Manifesto Watch 2015: Liberal Democrats
15 April 2015
CFG’s analysis of the party manifestos continues with the Liberal Democrats which unveiled their manifesto earlier today. Stronger Economy.

Manifesto Watch 2015: Conservatives
14 April 2015
CFG’s analysis of the party manifestos continues with the Conservative Party which unveiled its manifesto today. 

Manifesto Watch 2015: Green Party
14 April 2015
CFG’s analysis of the party manifestos continues with the Green Party, which unveiled its manifesto today.

Caron’s comment: Financial skills are a priority for any government
9 April 2015
In last month’s budget there was a welcome slug of cash to support the development of fundraising capacity building. I was pleased to hear it but couldn’t help thinking, why ...

Budget 2015 – Missed opportunities and targeted giveaways
18 March 2015
The Chancellor has sat down, the media are pouring over the budget documents looking for stories to come out of the figures, but what has been the impact of the ...

Audits, thresholds and transparency
30 January 2015
Last week, the Cabinet Office consultation on the future of the audit threshold for charities concluded. 

Are charities losing their voice?
24 July 2014
The campaigning role of charities has stayed firmly in the public spotlight for the last twelve months and appears to be gaining traction as we head towards the General Election.

Vision for sector post-2015. What did the politicians have to say at the CFG Annual Conferece?
19 May 2014
Following our overwhelmingly successful Annual Conference last Thursday, back at CFG-HQ we are now digesting the political nuggets that were debated in our closing plenary by the Minister for Civil ...

Managing in a Downturn Report Reflections....
11 April 2014
Yesterday saw the launch of the seventh ‘Managing in Downturn’ report – a survey series that we have run in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising and PwC since the ...

Diversifying your Board - the benefits for small charities
3 March 2014
Alex Swallow, Chief Executive of the Small Charities Coalition tells us...

'Professionalism' is not a dirty word
28 January 2014
2014. I can’t quite believe that this is my fourth year working within the sector, but I’ve been sensing that the pressure on us as a ‘sector’ has intensified... Pensions. ...

Little good news for charities in 2013 Spending Review
27 June 2013
There was little cause for optimism for the charity sector in the Government’s 2013 Spending Review, with a few niche giveaways overshadowed by more details on planned welfare reforms and ...

Delayed reaction: what difference do Budget measures make to charities?
3 April 2013
As we toured the country last week, meeting over 200 charities to discuss Budget 2013, we were met by experts and charities that were, on the whole, underwhelmed by the ...

Bates Wells
Bates Wells is ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 as the leading charity and social enterprise lawyers in the UK. Our lawyers are personally committed to the charity sector – ...

Gerrard Financial Consulting Limited
Gerrard Financial Consulting offers specialist charity training, consultancy and accounting services across Bristol and the South West and is registered with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Goldman Sachs International
Goldman Sachs is an experienced adviser and partner for a wide range of charity and NFP organisations. We are viewed by our charity clients as a boutique-style firm in terms ...

Hempsons
As a top 10 specialist legal advisor to the UK’s top charities, our team has worked with this sector for many years and advises on all aspects from start up ...

Hewitsons LLP
The Charities & Education team comprises around 40 lawyers and advisors, some of whom work solely on core charity law, regulation and governance matters. The team is led by Chris ...

HSBC
Proudly providing banking services to over 35,000 charities from the very largest to the smallest local community organisations.

Lloyds Bank PLC
Based in Gresham St London, but with strategically placed colleagues in various geographic locations around the country to enable us to provide a local, personal service for charities operating in ...

Mills & Reeve
Our charities team is part of a full service firm with broad experience across the commercial sector and international markets. This means you get complete answers and best practice from ...

Russell-Cooke
Russell-Cooke is a top 100 law firm with 47 partners and 235 other staff offering services to individuals, businesses and charities.

Santander
Our dedicated and experienced Relationship Directors understand the unique needs of the charity & not-for-profit sectors.

Triodos Bank
Our bank was founded on the conviction that banking can be a powerful force for good. Through our range of financial and banking services, we connect individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations ...

Wrigleys
Noted for its “exceptionally high level of service, professionalism, integrity and knowledge”, Wrigleys Solicitors is a niche firm with 24 partners and over 170 staff which specialises in advising charities ...