22/08/13 – Latest News from the Sector

Welcome to this week's enews for members of FaithAction.

This week, we have the latest news, including a reminder from HMRC regarding Gift Aid, as well as details on our new events in partnership with NCB and a range of helpful resources for you.


Director’s Lunch

Want to let FaithAction know about your needs and what you’re up to?  Want to speak to Daniel Singleton, the National Executive Director of FaithAction?  Well, here’s your chance!

FaithAction is launching ‘Director’s Lunch’, the opportunity for you to speak directly to Daniel Singleton, while he has his lunch!  All you need to do is send a short e-mail, letting us know your needs, what you’re up to and anything else to [email protected]!  These will then get passed to Daniel to read and respond to during his lunch break.

If you have any queries on this, please get in touch with the FaithAction team!




Reminder for charities to switch to online Gift Aid

HM Revenues & Customs has issued a reminder this week to all charities that have claimed Gift Aid in the past three years that the former system of paper claim forms will be closing at the end of September. From 1st October, all Gift Aid claims must be made using the new system, Charities Online, which launched in April. HMRC has said that, since then, nearly half of Gift Aid claims have been made using the new system. Charities without internet access that wish to make claims under the new system may do so using a new paper form that is available to order via the Charities Helpline.


Citizens Advice figures show large rise in foodbank enquiries

Charity Times reports of new figure released by Citizens Advice that show that enquiries made regarding foodbanks between February and June have risen in almost every region of the country, resulting in a total rise of 78 per cent. The West Midlands was shown as one of the hardest hit areas, with a 142 per cent rise. Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy called the rise ‘alarming’ and said that foodbanks ‘have no place in modern Britain’. She blamed the rise on the ‘combined impact of welfare upheaval, cuts to public spending, low wages and the high cost of living’, and also highlighted that the vast majority of Citizens Advice clients are not prepared for the switch to monthly benefit payments under Universal Credit.


Nominet Trust, Raising IT offering grants to improve charity websites

The Nominet Trust are offering 25 fundraising charities the funding needed to redesign their website using the charity platform developed by charity website specialists Raising IT. Applicants must have an annual income greater than £1m and be able to cover a £10,000 set-up fee. The winners, chosen by Raising IT, will receive between £14,000 and £72,000 of support from them in redesigning their website. Applications are to made via Raising IT’s site and close at 5:30pm on 23rd September.



Get Involved

Commissioning for Equality – Measuring Outcomes and Impact

A series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau,

These free one-day training events are designed by New Philanthropy Capital, looking at the measurement and evaluation of social impact, with a focus on children's health.

What you will learn:

  • The definition of social impact
  • How to measure and collate data
  • How it benefits your work and the difference it will make
  • Practical measurement tools, including those customised to the children's health sector.

West Midlands – Wednesday 16th October 2013
The Nishkam Centre, 6 Soho Rd, Birmingham, B21 9BH

Yorkshire & Humber – Tuesday 12th November 2013
Aspire Centre, 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds, LS1 2JP

London – Wednesday 11th December 2013
The National Children's Bureau, 8 Wakley St, London, EC1V 7QE


Improving general practice – a call to action

NHS England are currently seeking views from communities to help shape and strengthen the role of general practice in the health service in the face of increased pressures, such as an ageing population and financial cutbacks. It comes as part of the wider ‘The NHS belongs to the people’ call to action, and runs until 10th November. To contribute your views, please visit the NHS England page.




The UK Health Forum have launched an online platform, ncdlinks.org, to strengthen collaboration between health professionals around the world that work to prevent non-communicable diseases.


Public Health England have published three guides regarding immunisation for children. These cover premature babies, children between 12 and 13 months, and pre-school children respectively.


Clinks have made available two tools to help improve your organisation. The first lets you ‘take your temperature’, helping you to assess the strengths and weaknesses in your organisation. The second helps examine the financial management needed to take on contracts.


Regional Voices have released a suite of information regarding the new health system, covering topics such as clinical commissioning groups, wellbeing, and healthwatch.