Author Archives: Michael Birtwistle

Michael Birtwistle

About Michael Birtwistle

Michael is our senior policy officer, covering issues around charity tax and finance (including social investment) and the impact of the economy on the sector.

Quick guide for charities to the new £1 coin

On 28 March, a new £1 coin will go into circulation, which features twelve sides and a series of security features designed to combat counterfeiting. Continue reading

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Spring Budget 2017 – A Chancellor holding his breath

Widely trailed to be a ‘quiet Budget’, the chancellor’s speech today nevertheless gave a clear idea of his approach to the uncertain economic environment. Continue reading

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Reflections on the Autumn Statement

There’s always more to the autumn statement than the numbers that the chancellor chooses to dwell on. Continue reading

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Autumn Statement 2016 – Winter is coming. Still.

As well as a shift in his predecessor’s approach to borrowing, Mr Hammond has set the tone for a more proactive role for government in developing the country’s infrastructure. Continue reading

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What’s on the Chancellor’s mind in five graphs

What Mr Hammond's thinking about as he prepares to deliver his first autumn statement. Continue reading

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Striking the match – next steps on the Small Charitable Donations Bill

We've continued to work to brief MPs on the issues around the bill, and support amendments that will mean the scheme helps more charities. Continue reading

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Why we shouldn’t give the Big Lottery Fund a narrow focus

The cumulative effects of changes to the BLF policy directions would create an unprecedented level of alignment between its funding priorities and those of government. Continue reading

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What do the new Big Lottery Fund policy directions mean?

The main issues with the BLF's new draft policy directions and what NCVO will be seeking clarity on Continue reading

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Budget 2016: A sigh of relief

What the chancellor said, and what he didn't say – the key points for charities. Continue reading

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Growing the Gift Aid small donations scheme: have your say

Share your views on the gift aid small donations scheme and how it could be made easier to use Continue reading

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