We have submitted our response to the White Paper Consultation based on the discussion held at the “Planning for the Future - what does this mean for affordable housing” webinar we held on Fri 9 Oct
Related BBC article - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34186128.
The charity sector relies on public goodwill and funding to deliver its objectives – and many people support the aims and objectives of charitable organisations – but perhaps not their publicised ‘slipshod’ tactics for fundraising. According to a recent survey (Proportion of people who include legacies in their wills is increasing), more people than ever before were including charities within their Wills – but with cases such as longtime Poppy Seller and charity supporter Olive Cooke making the headlines, where does this leave the willing donor when a desire to ‘do good’ through legacy donation is set against such concerning reports?
It appears from the recent Commons Public Administration Committee enquiry that the biggest issue is charities outsourcing their fundraising to external agencies who will often be driven by targets to achieve a certain value of donations or secure a number of new donors within certain timeframes. This can lead to a disconnect between a charity’s fundamental aims and objectives and donors actual experience of the charity through their fundraisers.
The key message for donors is to identify their chosen charities with care – and ensure that they are aware of the options. With over 195,000 registered charities to choose from, there is likely to be a charity to suit all donors aims and gifts are not just limited to the ‘big’ charities – a legacy left to a small or local charity can make a huge impact in its designated field, providing donors with an opportunity to really make a difference.
And if there are too many charities to choose from, or you wish to make provision for a number of charities but aren’t quite sure on the amounts or proportions, a more general charitable intention gift left for your executors to finalise after your death might be just the solution. Leaving a legacy to charity isn’t just about the charity either – your own estate can benefit from a reduction in the rate of inheritance tax payable if 10% or more is left to charities. Gifts can be of specific amounts or for a share of your estate. They can be for the general purposes of a charity or can be targeted towards specific areas, aims or projects.
The key requirement for prospective charitable donors is to make sure you have a valid Will in place as, without a Will, charities will not receive any benefit from your estate. Keeping Wills under regular review is vital – intentions change over time as do the charities you may support. So ensure you don’t assume your wishes will be followed – make sure your intentions are implemented through appropriate advice and will preparation.
For more information
Contact Donna Holmes.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is pleased to have been ranked as a Band 1 firm once again.
Since March 2020, commercial property owners and occupiers across many sectors, whether housing associations, charities, care providers or local authorities, have been impacted by the rules regulating how they deal with their tenants and their landlords. It seems each week there is a change in policy, regulation or legislation, governing how they must respond.
A key element of the Bill is the establishment of a duty holder regime and requirement to maintain the ‘golden thread of information’ throughout the life cycle of high-risk residential buildings
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
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.
Friday 16 October marks the 6th annual Wear Red Day in England, Wales and Scotland. Wear Red Day is the brainchild of the charity; Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC). SRTRC aims to educate young people so they are equipped to recognise and challenge stereotypes, misconceptions and negative attitudes towards race.
Alongside the Building Safety Bill published in July 2020, the Fire Safety Bill is a key step in the Government’s strategy to improve building and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.