We have been working with care homes to update their contracts and advise on the risks of charging the resident a regular “top-up” or additional fee where a resident is funded through NHS CHC
It will come as no surprise that this round-up focuses on the coronavirus pandemic and how it is affecting charities. We have the latest news on how charities can help and be helped in these tough times.
It’s a word that many of us had never heard of until last week: what exactly is ‘furloughing’?
In a nutshell, furloughing is where employees technically retain their jobs but cease to undertake work for their employers for a period of time. Employers will be able to reclaim 80% (up to a monthly cap of £2,500) of their employee’s wages from HMRC through the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The plan is that this will be a temporary arrangement to help organisations survive the coronavirus crisis so that employees will, in the future, be able to return to their jobs. There is still quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the scheme, especially around how employers can select employees in a non-discriminatory way.
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More funding to support charities
With charity shops closed and fundraising events cancelled, many charities are facing financial difficulties and some sectors will be affected more than others. In light of this, various organisations have been announcing measures to help charities weather the storm.
- Charities Aid Foundation has created a £5 million emergency fund to support small charities during the COVID-19 crisis. This fund offers one-off grants of up to £10,000. Organisations with up to £1 million per annum turnover can apply.
- Funding will also be provided by other organisations, including the National Emergencies Trust and National Lottery Community Funding. Arts Council England has set up a fund worth £160 million to support individuals and organisations that work in and contribute to the arts. £50 million of this figure will be available to organisations that don’t normally receive funding from the Arts Council.
- Organisations can now agree a bespoke Time to Pay Arrangement with HMRC that covers income tax, corporation tax, PAYE/NI and VAT. These arrangements usually last six or twelve months, but in the current situation, HMRC may allow longer arrangements if there is a realistic prospect that the debt will eventually be repaid.
Council leaders, trade unions and organisations such as NVCO and the Small Charities Coalition have also been calling on the Government to provide emergency funding for charities.
What can charities do to help?
From signing up to be one of the NHS volunteers to shopping for an elderly neighbour, many of us are wondering how we can help others at the moment – and charities are no exception. The Charity Commission has updated its coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for the charity sector to include some information about which of their charitable objects charities may be able to rely upon to offer support. See the latest guidance here.
Finally, here are some great initiatives that charities have already set up to tackle the pandemic:
- The creation of Mutual Aid Networks to support people who cannot access resources;
- Doctors of the World has translated coronavirus advice and guidance into 36 different languages, enabling refugee communities to understand the nation’s response; and
- UK Just Finance Foundation has put together a signposting page to people with financial difficulties.
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The parliamentary processes are complete and the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) which cap exit payments in the public sector at £95,000 will be in force from 4 November.
As the UK’s social housing sector recovers from the initial Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, now is the time to focus on the challenges that may emerge next.
There is no universal approach to regenerating town centres. However, housing must be considered a key part of any regeneration project – providing well-needed new homes and economic growth.
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As employers face the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 October 2020, Katherine Sinclair and Libby Hubbard discuss the intricacies of the redundancy process for furloughed employees.
We have learned many things over the last six months; the latest lesson is that there is no new normal. The Government initiatives and guidance may have slowed down a pace, but the challenges for employers and their employees remain.
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