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.

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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Spending Review 2015 – What we heard from the Chancellor

The best news for many NCVO members was a very welcome step back from a planned £300m raid on BLF’s funding. Continue reading

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The four things to watch for in the Autumn Statement

The significance of what will be announced on 25 November cannot be understated. Continue reading

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Spending Review 2015 speculation roundup

Just five sleeps (or sleepless nights) until the Spending Review, and we’re starting to get a firmer picture of what Mr Osborne has planned for the next five years. Continue reading

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Why your Gift Aid declarations will be invalid from April 2016

HMRC has recently published new model gift aid declarations for single and multiple donations. Continue reading

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What Osborne’s business rates devolution means for charities

Yesterday the Chancellor announced his plans for local authorities retain all their income from business rates by 2020. Continue reading

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A financial sustainability review of the voluntary sector

Today, we launch the final report of our financial sustainability review. Continue reading

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A budget full of implications for the voluntary sector

Today’s Budget will have far reaching implications for charities and their beneficiaries, despite few new measures directed specifically at the voluntary sector. Continue reading

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An important Budget for charities

We’re having an unusual number of large set-piece speeches from the chancellor this year, but this will be the first entirely Conservative budget for almost two decades. Continue reading

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Sharp Relief – What the Business Rates Review means for the sector

The Treasury has just published a long awaited discussion paper, firing the starting gun for a wide ranging business rates review. Continue reading

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