General COVID-19 guidance for charities

This page covers general advice for charities and community groups for the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic from national bodies, the public sector and the government.

This page will be updated on a regular basis. Last updated: 15 October

Local Council: Update

  • Leicester & Leicestershire Lockdown: Postcode Checker

    Use our Lockdown Postcode Checker Opens another website in new window  to see if you’re in an affected area.


    Increased restrictions for Leicester and parts of Leicestershire

    Residents in Leicester and its outlying areas are to be asked to continue to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least two weeks, and non-essential shops will be closed.

    People are being urged to make essential journeys only and stay at home as much as they can.

    The city’s bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not open on 4 July as planned, and shops that were allowed to open on 15 June will have to close again from 30 June.

    Schools will close from 2 July but will stay open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

    The relaxation of shielding planned for 6 July will not happen.

  • Leicester City Council: Covid Outbreak Management Plan:

    Each local authority has been given funding by central government to develop tailored outbreak control plans, working with local NHS and other stakeholders.

    The Leicester City Council  plan sets out the roles, responsibilities, structures, governance and implementation of a local outbreak management plan for Covid-19 in Leicester City.
    Read more

  • Leicestershire County Council: Covid-19 Outbreak Control and Prevention Plan

    The purpose of the outbreak control and prevention plan is to enable agencies in Leicestershire to prevent, manage, reduce and suppress outbreaks of COVID-19 infection across the County. 

    This plan sets out the arrangements for surveillance of and response to local outbreaks and infection rates. On 22nd May 2020 the Government announced that as part of its national strategy to reduce infection from COVID-19 it would expect every area in England to create a local Outbreak Plan.
    Read more

  • Leicester City Council: Common questions on Leicester lockdown:

    You may have questions on what the new restrictions mean for Leicester and how they will affect you. Leicester City Council have put together a frequently asked questions section to try to answer your queries and provide further information.

    Please note that in these questions and answers, they use ‘Leicester’ to mean everywhere within the affected area. This includes some parts of Leicestershire.
    Some of the answers may not take you to the national government’s local guidance webpage at this stage, therefore we recommend that you refer to the other articles in our sector support newsletter as well. View the FAQs here.

  • Government grant will help provide food, toiletries and essential supplies

    Over half-a-million-pounds is being given to food banks and community groups to support Leicestershire residents most in need.

    Leicestershire County Council is using a £540,000 Government grant to help vulnerable people and those shielding access food, toiletries, and other essential supplies through local foodbanks and community hubs across the county.
    Read more.

  • Leicester lockdown: what you can and cannot do

    Find out what restrictions are in place if you live, work or travel in the Leicester area during the local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance was updated on 1 August 2020.

    Restrictions will be lifted for the Borough of Oadby and Wigston from 1 August. These areas will return to national social distancing guidelines, other than for clinically extremely vulnerable people who should continue shielding. Additional businesses and venues will be able to re-open in Leicester City from 3 August. The next review will take place by 13 August. Find out more

  • Leicestershire County Council: Unemployment dashboard:

    The Strategic Business Intelligence team at the council have recently released the statistics of unemployment Job Seeker allowance (JSA) claimants.

    The dashboard provides statistics for the previous quarter both from a local district/ board perspective and as a county, region. The August 2020 Unemployment dashboard is now available at the link. Archived versions of previous bulletins can be found here. This may be useful for VCSE organisations that need this type of data for funding bids. Especially as the data is further analysed from an age, sex, occupation, and ethnicity perspective.

  • Leicester City Council: £40million cost of council’s Covid-19 response

    On 16 September the council published an article explaining that the Overview Select Committee will be advised in a report that the pandemic cost the authority over £40m. The report is the first one to review all the council’s spending this year, which has been dominated by the effects of the pandemic and lockdown.
    The city council is expecting around £34m of Government funding, but there is concern that its total costs could rise if case numbers keep growing. Read more. Papers from the meeting should come available on this part of the council’s website in due course.

  • Leicester City Council: Religious, Cultural, or Social Events

    A small team of officers from the city council have been undertaking a series of visits to places of worship over the last several weeks to assist them with being COVID safe. Whilst these visits will continue, they are looking to now start providing advice and assistance to those who want to arrange other religious, cultural or social events within places of worship or any linked community facilities. Their initial emphasis will be on those events coming up between now and the end of the year – 31 December 2020. Read more

Transition Phase

  • Cabinet Office: UK Transition Communications Resources
    On 15 July the cabinet office published UK Transition campaign tools and resources to support engagement with local communities and businesses across all four nations.
    In the UK Transition Partnership Toolkit it  explains that the government has launched a new public information campaign, ‘The UK’s new start: let’s get going’, which will run across the UK and internationally. This will give all of us the facts we need to be ready for the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020. The toolkit can be found here.
  • Cabinet Office: European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks report

    On 24 September the government released this policy paper.

    The UK government is required to report to the UK Parliament every three months on the progress made to develop UK Common Frameworks, in line with Schedule 3 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act2018. This report details the steps that have been taken during the eighth reporting period, from 26 March 2020 to 25 June 2020.

    During this period ,the UK Government and devolved administrations have continued to work jointly to develop UK Common Frameworks, to protect the UK economy and give maximum certainty to businesses ,consumers and international partners.

    The UK Common Frameworks will ensure regulatory coherence across the UK by flexibly managing any potential policy divergence across the four nations.

    During this reporting period, the COVID-19 outbreak has placed significant capacity pressures on departments involved in the development of UK Common Frameworks.

    The recent pressures mean that it will no longer be possible to deliver the frameworks programme fully by the end of the transition period, and the programme of work will continue into 2021.

    The report can be read here.

  • Reasonable Worst Case Scenario for borders at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020

    Cabinet Office: On 23 September the government produced research and analysis related to the end of the transition period.

    The  planning  assumption  is  that  EU  Member  States  will  impose  EU  third  country  controls  on  UK goods  at  the  end  of  the  transition  period.

    This document may be of interest to VCSE organisations who provide front line support that might be affected by the  Reasonable Worst Case Scenario (RWCS) that 40-70% of trucks travelling to the EU might not be ready for new border controls.

    The research has concluded  that disruption could be lower in the initial days of January but the government would expect sustained disruption to worsen  over  the  first  two  weeks  as  freight  demand  builds. Where this potential disruption could affect your service to local communities then you may want to review your risk assessment procedures.

    The document can be found here.

  • HM Government: Thinking of hiring from the EU next year?

    The way you hire from the EU is changing. From 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed sponsor to hire eligible people from outside the UK

    Free movement is ending, and the new points-based immigration system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will change the way you hire from the EU.

    Before applying to be a sponsor you should:

    • Check that the people you want to hire will meet the requirements for coming to the UK for work
    • Check your business is eligible

    To apply, you will need to:

    • Choose the type of skilled worker licence you want to apply for
    • Put appropriate systems in place to act as a sponsor
    • Apply online and pay the fee

    The recruiting people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021 guidance by the Home Office and  UK Visas and Immigration can be found here. In that guidance it explains how to become a sponsor.

    Further details of the government advertising campaign on this topic can be found here:   https://pbisemployers.campaign.gov.uk/

  • EU Exit: Preparing for the end of the transition period

    The UK has left the EU, and the transition period comes to an end on 31 December 2020.

    The UK has left the EU, and the transition period comes to an end on 31 December 2020. Please check the new rules from January 2021 to ensure that your organisation is ready. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

    • If your organisation employs EU staff

    Ask your employees to check if they need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. EU, EEA or Swiss citizens can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

    Read the guidance: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

    • If your organisation receives EU funding

    Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in programmes funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework until their closure.

    Read the guidance: Getting EU funding

    • If your organisation receives any personal data from the EU

    If your organisation receives personal data from the EU/EEA, you should review your contracts to ensure you can continue to do so legally during and after the transition period. You may not know if your data is hosted outside of the UK so it is worth checking.

    Read the guidance: Using personal data in your business or other organisation during and after the transition period.

    If your organisation imports or exports goods with the EU

    From 1 January 2021 the process for importing and exporting goods will change. Find out what you need to do to continue to:

    Import goods from the EU.

    Export goods to the EU.

  • Cabinet Office: UK Transition campaign- communications resources

    On 14 October the government  published a collection regarding images, branding and other communication resources for use when supporting the UK Transition campaign in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The government would like to speak to organisations that are interested in amplifying these key messages in their own communications channels, free of charge, to help prepare businesses and citizens for the actions they need to take before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. Details of who to contact if interested can be found here. The government’s UK Transition campaign can be found here: www.gov.uk/transition

  • Cabinet Office: Written Ministerial Statement - 19 October meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

    On 14 October a written statement to Parliament was published regarding the agenda for a meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 19 October 2020 in London. The Withdrawal Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2020, after having been agreed on 17 October 2019, together with the Political Declaration setting the framework of the future EU-UK partnership. The Agreement consists of two main documents: The Withdrawal Agreement itself, including a Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland; and A Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union The agenda includes a discussion about Citizens’ rights. Read more

  • Companies House and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Are you ready for our new relationship with the EU?

    On 12 October the government published a news story explaining that there will  be guaranteed changes from 1 January 2021 for businesses as we start our new relationship with the EU, and there are many actions your organisation can take today to prepare. You can find out what your organisation might need to do by using the checker tool. The tool can be found here https://www.gov.uk/transition.
    There are less than 80 days until the end of the transition period and there will be no extension, so the government urges you to act now. Read more

NHS & Public Health England

  • The NHS Advice for everyone on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Public Health England: Covid-19 review of disparities in risks and outcomes

    On 2 June Public Health England published their research and analysis of disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19.  

    The research showed that the largest disparity found was by age.
    Among people already diagnosed with COVID-19, people who were 80 or older were seventy times more likely to die than those under 40.

    Risk of dying among those diagnosed with COVID-19 was also higher in males than females; higher in those living in the more deprived areas than those living in the least deprived; and higher in those in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups than in White ethnic groups.

    These inequalities largely replicate existing inequalities in mortality rates in previous years, except for BAME groups, as mortality was previously higher in White ethnic groups.

    These analyses take into account age, sex, deprivation, region and ethnicity.

    Details of the report can be found here.

  • Public Health England: Beat the Heat

    The Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme became operational on Monday 1 June to raise both public and professional awareness of the health impacts of hot weather, including severe heat.

    An episode of hot weather represents a concurrent risk to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Details of public health’s beat the heat: Coping with heat and covid-19 can be found here. Read more

  • NHS: Get a coronavirus test:

    The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP delivered an oral statement to parliament yesterday about the local measures to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    He stated that Leicester will have further testing capability, including opening a walk-in centre. Anyone in Leicester with symptoms must come forward for a test. There are two ways to get a coronavirus test, Getting a test kit delivered to your home or Going to a test site. You will need to book a test. The process to do this can be found here.

  • NHS: Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

    In light of the local lockdown, you may want to remind the communities you support of what to look out regarding symptoms of coronavirus and how to check. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test.

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
    A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

    Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus.

    The NHS guidance can be found here.

  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020:

    On 3 July the Secretary of State made the following regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 45C(1), (3)(c), (4)(d), 45F(2) and 45P of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984(1).

    They were laid before parliament on that date and came into force on 4 July. We recommend all VCSE organisations have an awareness of these regulations to understand how it might affect your service delivery, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries. These Regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in England.
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  • Department of Health and Social Care: Local lockdown measures to continue in Leicester with modifications

    On 16 July The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP delivered an oral statement to parliament.  He wanted to update the House on the situation in Leicester.
    He explained that at the end of June the government made the decision to close schools and non-essential retail in the city, and not to introduce the relaxations that applied elsewhere in England  from 4 July, like the reopening of pubs.  This was not an easy decision, but it was one that they chose to take.
    Read more

  • Dept. of Health & Social Care: UK Chief Medical Officers statement on extension of self-isolation period

    Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers was published on 30 July.
    The self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result. It is very important people with symptoms self-isolate and get a test, which will allow contact tracing. Read more

  • NHS: The Healthy Start Scheme:

    The Healthy Start scheme is a national incentive to encourage the best start in life. Beneficiaries who are eligible for the scheme will receive vouchers to spend with local retailers.

    There are have been some recent changes to the scheme. The vouchers can help encourage a healthy diet and access to wholesome foods for children and pregnant women. The changes to the ‘Healthy Start’ scheme include: A health professionals’ signature is no longer required on the application form, Beneficiaries will still need to provide their own signature before sending off the form and the expiry date of the Health Start vouchers have been increased by 4 weeks, so the vouchers will now be valid for 12 weeks. Find out more

  • Public Health England: Reporting an outbreak of Covid-19

    This campaign communicates advice on how to respond to an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) to individuals that own, manage or are responsible for a specific business or organisation within the community. It covers, Identifying an outbreak of COVID-19 (one or more confirmed case depending on the business or organisation), Reporting the outbreak to your local health protection team and  Working with your local health protection team to respond. Read more

  • Department of Health and Social Care: Leicester lockdown restrictions

    On 11 September the government updated the guidance with information on the restrictions that will come into force on 14 September across the country and also what restrictions have eased in the local area. From 15 September, the following businesses and venues can reopen or restart in Leicester City: indoor performances, close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application and wedding receptions and celebrations, including for up to 30 people in the form of a sit-down meal.
    The next review will take place by 24 September. Read more

  • Department of Health and Social Security: Leicester local restrictions

    On 19 September the government updated the guidance to add the borough of Oadby and Wigston to the areas affected by these restrictions.
    The guidance has also been updated in line with guidance for other areas in England that have local restrictions, for example on team sport, shielding, childcare, and face coverings in schools and colleges. As from Tuesday 22 September Oadby and Wigston (Borough Council area) will be affected by the Leicester local restrictions. Read more

  • Department of Health and Social Care and Cabinet Office - Face coverings when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own

    On 23 September the government updated the guidance. Changes have been made to the following sections: ‘When to wear a face covering’, ‘Enforcement measures for failing to comply with this law’, ‘When you do not need to wear a face covering’ and ‘Face coverings at work’. Read more

  • Department of Health and Social Care: Leicester local restrictions

    On 29 September the government updated the guidance to include a new section for students at university, information about childcare bubbles, and information on business closure times (in line with England guidance). Read more

Companies House

  • Accounts and Tax Returns

    You can apply to extend your accounts filing deadline with Companies House if you cannot send your accounts because of an event that’s outside of your control. Due to Covid-19, you can apply for an immediate 3 month extension if your company is affected by coronavirus.

    As a charitable company or a social enterprise such as a community interest company or a company limited by guarantee, you are legally required to complete a return to the regulator companies house. To qualify for this extension, you must apply before your filing deadline. You may not be eligible if you’ve already extended your filing deadline, or shortened your accounting period.

    To apply for an extension due to coronavirus you must apply online.
    Details of how to apply can be found here.

  • Companies House: Upload a document to companies house

    As part of companies house response to the pandemic, on 6 July they introduced  a temporary service to enable companies to upload a document to Companies House.
    Their latest release of the service allows users to upload:

    • Resolutions (in relation to a change of constitution)
    • Articles of association (in relation a to change of constitution)

    The upload form can be found here.
    Details of the service can be found here.

  • Companies House: Company authentication codes for online filing

    On 15 July Companies House updated their guidance on authentication codes for online filing.  The authentication code is a 6 digit alphanumeric code issued by us to each company.

    The code is used to authorise information filed online and is the equivalent of a company officer’s signature. As part of their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a  temporary service has been introduced. Users can now request to have the authentication code sent to a home address instead of the company’s registered office. For further details click here.

  • Companies House: Accessible documents policy

    This policy explains how accessible the documents Companies House publishes on GOV.UK are.

    A number of charities are registered with companies house and most social enterprises are. It covers PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations and other types of document. The policy can be found here.

  • Companies House: Compulsory strike off process.

    From 10 October 2020,companies house will resume the process to strike off companies they believe are no longer carrying on business or in operation.

    In April 2020, they introduced temporary easement measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and they have reviewed these measures each month.
    Following their latest review, the temporary measure to suspend compulsory strike off action will be lifted from 10 October 2020. From this date, they will resume the process to remove a company from the register if there’s reasonable cause to believe it’s no longer carrying on business or in operation. Read more

  • Companies House: Accessibility support for Companies House users guidance

    On 25 August companies house updated their guidance to include translation into Welsh. The guidance explains how they help users who need assistance because of a disability or health condition. They can provide reasonable adjustments for users with, visual impairments, auditory impairments, motor impairments, cognitive impairments, speech impairments and seizure disorders 
    The guidance can be found here.

  • Companies House: Companies House fees guidance

    On 24 August companies house updated their guidance to include fees for ordering certificates through Companies House Service (CHS).

    The guidance covers a list of all the fees companies House charges, and how they determine these fees. Registration fees do not apply to documents delivered under the Companies Act 1985 or the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986. Any document delivered under these acts will be free of charge.
    The guidance can be found here.

  • Companies House: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (CIGA)

    In July the bill received Royal Assent and some of the measures introduced by the Act are still very relevant as we move into the month of September. Macfarlanes are a London-based law firm who have written an article on the act. They explain that until 30 September 2020, companies and certain other corporate bodies can hold virtual meetings. Read more

  • Companies House: Late filing penalties guidance

    On 1 September the guidance was updated with BACS details of the new Companies House bank account. The guidance covers how a late filing penalty (LFP) will be imposed if your company accounts are not filed on time and how to appeal against an LFP. All customers who make payments by bank transfer (BACS) will need to use their new bank account details from 1 September 2020. Read More

  • Companies House: Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak

    An interim service has been created to enable paperless filing in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On 1 September companies house introduced a 2nd phase of this service to include insolvency documents. The Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers explains what plans are in place to maintain services for their customers and protect the welfare of their employees during the coronavirus outbreak. The sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak guidance gives you access to the documents you can upload as part of this interim service.

  • Companies House: Companies House resumes voluntary strike off process

    On 10 September companies house published a news story which explained temporary measures to suspend voluntary strike off action has now been lifted. All companies that applied to be struck off before July 2020 will be struck off the register in a phased approach over the next 4 weeks, starting on 10 September 2020. For companies that applied to be struck off from July 2020, the voluntary strike off process will continue as normal post initial 4 week period. Read more

  • Companies House: Applying to protect your personal information on the Companies House register

    On 16 September companies house published this guidance.It explains how to restrict disclosure of certain information if you’re at serious risk as a company director, limited liability partnership (LLP) member or person with significant control (PSC). Most information registered at Companies House is available to the public. Other personal details, such as your home address and full date of birth, are not published on the Companies House register. Read more

  • Companies House: Search the Companies House register

    On 18 September Companies House updated the guidance to explain that records of dissolved companies on CHS following the government’s response to the Corporate Transparency and Register Reform consultation. Following the government’s response to the Corporate Transparency and Register Reform consultation, they have  stopped removing dissolved records from the companies house service (CHS) with immediate effect.
    They will also put dissolved records (all companies dissolved since 2010) back onto CHS from January 2021. The guidance can be found here.

  • Companies House: File a second filing of a document previously delivered (RP04)

    On 17 September companies house updated their filing procedures to include online filing options for second filing and advice about correcting You can file your second filing online to correct an error made on: CS01 Confirmation statement (only for errors made on share capital or shareholders), SH01 Return of allotment of shares or AP01 Appointment of director.

    Further details can be found here

  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Companies House:

    Reforms to Companies House to clamp down on fraud and give businesses greater confidence in transactions

    On 18 September the government released a press release  explaining that Companies House will be reformed to clamp down on fraud and money laundering, with directors unable to be appointed until their identity has been verified. It is hoped that the changes will give businesses confidence in who they are doing business with, with greater accuracy of data on the register, without impacting the speed of service. Read more

  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Companies House: Corporate transparency & register reform

    On 18 September the government published the consultation outcome. The government response sets out a range of proposals to improve the reliability and accuracy of information on the Companies Register.

    The proposals include: Identity verification, Reforms to Companies House powers, Protecting personal information and Company accounts.The full outcome can be found here.

  • Companies House: Business plan 2020-2021 and Strategy 2020-2025

    On 29 September companies house published a number of documents in context to their new strategy and business plan. They have a commitment to tackling economic crime and driving confidence in the UK economy. Read more

  • Companies House to resume compulsory strike off process

    Companies house published a new story on 9 October explaining that from 10 October 2020, they will begin striking off companies that they believe are no longer in business or operation. Temporary easement measures taken in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) have been kept under monthly review. As part of that review they have resumed the process to remove a company from the register if there’s reasonable cause to believe it’s no longer carrying on business or in operation. Companies that do not file their annual accounts or confirmation statement will normally receive 2 letters from Companies House. Read more

  • Companies House and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Are you ready for our new relationship with the EU?

    On 12 October the government published a news story explaining that there will  be guaranteed changes from 1 January 2021 for businesses as we start our new relationship with the EU, and there are many actions your organisation can take today to prepare. You can find out what your organisation might need to do by using the checker tool. The tool can be found here https://www.gov.uk/transition.
    There are less than 80 days until the end of the transition period and there will be no extension, so the government urges you to act now. Read more

Charity Commission

  • Filing charity annual returns during the Coronavirus pandemic

    Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one.

    Visit the gov.uk website

  • Can our charity assist with COVID-19?

    The charity commission has issued guidance as charities consider whether they can help the effort to tackle COVID-19 and its severe impact on people right across the country.

    Learn more

  • Charity commission: Regulatory and Risk Framework policy paper

    In February 2016 the charity commission published its Charity Commission Regulatory and Risk Framework policy paper.  On 29 April this year they updated the paper. The document outlines how the Charity Commission operates as a risk-led regulator, and in particular:  how they identify and assess risks, how they respond to risks, and how they review and adapt our approach. As mitigating risk is key to charities during covid-19 from both a financial perspective and potential scams, we recommend that trustees and key staff read this.

    Visit the gov.uk website

  • Charity commission: Independent examination of charity accounts: examiners (CC32) guidance

    On 7 May the charity commission updated their CC32 guidance to provide additional guidance for independent examiners of charity accounts during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Charity law requires all charity trustees to prepare accounts for their charity. The trustees of registered charities must also prepare a trustees’ annual report(the report). The report and accounts tell donors and others interested in the work of the charity what the charity is set up to do, what it has done in the year and how it raised and spent its money. The role of the independent examiner is to provide an independent scrutiny of the accounts. The examiner plays a part in maintaining public trust and confidence in charities. The guidance for Independent Examiners during Covid-19 can be found here

    The CC32 guidance can be found here

  • Charity Commission: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - increased risk of fraud and cybercrime against charities

    On 12 May the charity commission updated their alert providing information and advice for charities about coronavirus (COVID-19) related fraud and cybercrime. The revised news story.

    It provides an update to their scam email and protect your devices sections. Including a free webinar that can be accessed at your leisure. It highlights some of the common ways that charities may be affected by fraud during the Covid-19 pandemic  and provide some simple prevention tips. Read more

  • Charity Commission : Reporting serious incidents to the charity commission during the coronavirus pandemic

    On 3 June the charity commission published supplementary guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic. We recommend that all charities read this.

    Their guidance on serious incident reporting continues to be the main resource for helping trustees to decide whether to report. However, they appreciate that the pandemic is giving rise to some unprecedented challenges and scenarios that were not envisaged when this guidance was published. Therefore they have produced  a supplementary examples table to help trustees to decide if they need to report an incident that is related to the pandemic.

    Some key things for trustees to consider are:

    • Having to take action to meet government rules, such as closing premises, should not be considered to be a significant incident in itself. It is the impact of this action on the charity that is key to determining if this should be reported
    • They usually expect charities to report any financial losses that don’t involve a crime where they exceed either £25,000 or 20% of the charity’s income. However, these thresholds do not apply when considering financial losses that are related to the pandemic. Trustees should focus on the significance of the impact of any losses rather than the amount.
    • Trustees may still delegate to others, such as staff members, the responsibility for deciding which incidents should be reported to us. However, such decisions should be reported back to the trustees, who remain ultimately responsible for them
    • Use their online form to submit reports, which should be submitted as soon as is reasonably possible after the incident or when the charity becomes aware that a significant harm or loss is highly likely. Remember to use the form to tell them about what the charity is doing about the incident
    • Where trustees consider reporting an incident but decide not to report it, they should keep a brief record of their decision and the reasons for it

    The supplementary table can be found here.

  • Charity commission: Regulating in the public interest:

    On 15 June the charity commission published their research exploring the relationship between the public’s view of Charity and charities and the role of regulation; and trustees’ views of public expectations and of the Commission.

    It is published in the belief that a better understanding of the public will lead to a more informed discussion about how best to regulate their interest in future. We recommend all charities read the report, both registered and unregistered charities and consider how it might relevant to their own charity’s future delivery and planning.

    As the regulator of the charitable sector, part of the Charity Commission’s job is to help make Charity more resilient; to ensure that it can thrive and inspire trust in tough times as well as good, and to do so in a world where the demands for greater scrutiny and accountability sit side-by-side with calls for charities to do more and be more. Building resilience means upholding the special status of Charity and recognising that the regulator and the regulated both have a responsibility to justify the privileges enjoyed in its name.

    For the Charity Commission increasing resilience also means bringing the public interest to the fore. People’s circumstances and outlook on life often vary greatly and these variations have a large influence over their views about Charity and charities.
    Read more

  • Charity commission: Alert for charities - the importance of transparent and accountable governance:

    On 25 June the charity commission published an alert for leaders of large or complex, service-providing charities.
    Whilst it is aimed at these specific charities we recommend that all VCSE organisations use the alert guidance to manage the dangers of a charity growing too quickly, or pursuing funding to take on complex projects, maybe as a response to the covid-19 pandemic,  without putting in place effective governance and oversight to manage risks.
    Read more

  • Charity commission: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector - update

    On 26 June the charity commission updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector. The update relates to information for charitable companies and CIOs on new laws affecting members’ meetings and insolvency. 
    These provisions are set out in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and came into effect on 26 June. The provisions introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 aim to help businesses continue operating and avoid insolvency during this period of economic uncertainty due to COVID-19. These provisions apply to charitable companies, and the majority of the provisions also apply to Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).
    Read the updated guidance here.

  • The Charity Commission and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport: Charities receive over £32 million from dormant trusts

    On 3 July there was a press release  about a programme that takes funds lying dormant in the accounts of inactive or ineffective charities and puts them to good use.
    The programme is managed by the Charity Commission and the charity UKCF, with funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Since its launch in 2018 the programme has ‘revitalised’ £32 million to help good causes – including charities that are responding to the coronavirus and supporting their communities.
    Read more

  • Charity Commission: Regulating in the public interest

    Previously we mentioned about this report, which explores the relationship between the public’s view of Charity and charities and the role of regulation; and trustees’ views of public expectations and of the Commission.

    In July the charity commission added an update to the report. The update includes two  supplementary reports setting out more detail of the research approach and findings from our surveys of charity trustees and the public. The original report and the supplementary content can be found here.

  • The Charity Commission: New online register of charities “widens the public’s window” into how charities are run

    On 3 September the charity commission published a press release about improved public register of charities, which makes more information about individual charities available to donors and the public.
    The new display is designed to increase transparency for the public and others by displaying a wider range of information than before. Read more

  • Charity Commission: Accessible documents policy

    On 23 September the charity commission updated their accessible documents policy to bring it up to date to cover documents published since September 2018. The charity commission want as many people as possible to be able to use their documents. If you need  a document  in a different format you can: email usability@charitycommission.gov.uk or call 0300 066 9197 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

    They will consider your request and get back to you within ten working days. The policy can be found here.

  • The Charity Commission : Whistleblowing disclosures made to the Charity Commission for England and Wales 2019-2020

    The report explains the Commission’s approach to whistleblowing and the reports that they received between 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. Whistleblowing disclosures help the charity commission to detect serious problems such as fraud, safeguarding concerns and mismanagement in charities. Whistleblowing therefore plays a valuable role in their regulation of the charity sector. Read more

NCVO

Government

  • Department of Health and Social Care: Leicestershire Coronavirus lockdown: areas and changes

    On 30 June the government published this news story explaining the areas of Leicestershire that are included in the localised coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown and what this means.

    The article explains that the local councils have set out the areas of Leicestershire that are included in the localised lockdown, what they are, and the map relevant to it.  We have heard that some non-government / non-local authority fake maps have been circulated and therefore we recommend that you share this article with staff, volunteers and beneficiaries. Within this boundary, restrictions will be put in place pending a review from 18 July. It also reminds you what you can and can’t do during this local lockdown.

  • The Coronavirus Act 2020

    Full version of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

    Read the full act

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

    Find guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals and other organisations.

    Visit the gov.uk website

  • COVID-19: Changes to DBS ID checking guidelines

    Temporary changes to ID checking guidelines are being made as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak

    Visit the gov.uk website

  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain. With the latest advice for hands to be washed regularly, failure to allow access to welfare facilities may increase the risk of the COVID-19 infection spreading. Therefore, they are reminding organisations that drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work.

    Visit the HSE website

  • Refunding tickets for cancelled charity events during coronavirus (COVID-19)

    On 16 April HM Revenue & Customs published their “refunding tickets for cancelled charity events during coronavirus (COVID-19)” guidance.

    The guidance confirms that charities can apply Gift Aid where money, due to be refunded for an event cancelled due to COVID-19, is donated. As long as a valid Gift Aid Declaration is held. This includes challenge events for which there will be registration fees (instead of tickets) that would be refundable, if the event is cancelled.

    Visit the gov.uk website

  • Guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities COVID-19 and renting

    Guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

    Visit the gov.uk website

  • Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

    On 12 May the cabinet office released the guidance Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.
    From an employer perspective, the key message is for employees to work from home, if they can. If working from home is not possible and the workplace is reopening, then the employer must introduce safe distancing and other health and safety measures. We will be providing a blog about this in the coming week. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

    On 31 May the government updated it staying alert and safe guidance to reflect the new changes that come in place from today Monday 1 June.
    We recommend that all VCSE organisations read it, to understand how it affects, staff, volunteers, trustees and your beneficiaries.

    From 1 June :

    • You can spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
    • You should go to work if you cannot work from home and your business has not been required to close by law
    • More shops are beginning to reopen, with a plan for more to do so later in the month
    • Children in early years (age 0-5), reception, year 1 and year 6 can return to childcare or school in line with the arrangements made by their school
    • You can be tested as part of the test and trace programme, which will enable the  country to return to normal life as soon as possible, by helping to control transmission risks

    From 15 June:

    • Secondary schools and further education colleges will also prepare to begin some face to face support with Year 10 and 12 pupils.

    VAL has written a blog about the government’s road map to recover. Whilst it was written prior to this guidance being updated, it might still be relevant to help you plan re-opening /continuing your service delivery. Such as Covid-19 secure processes. The revised guidance can be found here.

  • Home Office guidance: Safeguarding during Covid-19

    The Home Office has published a guide, Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business, which sets out how to keep people safe from harm and abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guide is available in English and Welsh.

    The guidance sets out:

    • How to support others who are at risk of harm and abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic
    • What steps to take if you are worried that someone may be at risk of harm or abuse
    • Details of who to contact to report safeguarding concerns

    The home office’s leaflet and posters can be found here.
    The office of civil society’s guidance on handling safeguarding allegations in a charity can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government: Closing certain businesses and venues in England

    On 3 July the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England was updated updated following the announcement of further easing of COVID-19 restrictions from 4 July 2020 to certain areas of England. (There is separate guidance for businesses and venues in the local lockdown area.) On 23 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced further easements of the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions as part of step 3 of the government’s plan to return life to as near normal as we can.
    Read more

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government: Closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester

    On 3 July the government published the closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester guidance.  
    This document supports the government’s guidance on COVID-19. It provides the list of businesses and premises expected to close in Leicester from 4 July 2020. We recommend all VCSE organisations read this. Where increased local transmission of COVID-19 is identified, areas may be required to take additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
    Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Model services contract

    On 14 July the government updated their model service contract guidance with an updated version of the Model Services Contract.

    This version reflects developments in government policy, regulation and the market. If your VCSE organisation tenders for contracts then you may find this guidance of interest. The Model Services Contract forms a set of model terms and conditions for major services contracts that are published for use by government departments and many other public sector organisations.

    In VAL’s recent blog flexible furlough during local lockdown, we refer to the recent procurement policy notes, which may also of interest to VCSE organisations that tender for services.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government: Closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester

    On 18 July the government updated this guidance to reflect changes in the regulations regarding the closure of certain businesses and venues in Leicester which come into effect on 18 July 2020.
    We recommend that all VCSE organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire read the guidance. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: New production lines will make millions of face coverings each week

    On 20 July the government published a news story outlining a government drive to increase UK production of face coverings has started at two sites in England and Wales.
    Ten production lines have been procured and a further ten British production lines are being made with government support. The production sites will ensure that public demand for face coverings does not impact on the supply of higher-grade face masks for NHS front line staff. Find out more.

  • Cabinet Office: Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID 19)

    Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.

    Use this guidance to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. If you do not carry out a risk assessment, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or your local council can issue an enforcement notice. Read guidance here

  • Cabinet Office: Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance

    Government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces from Friday 24 July.

    The exemptions include anyone under the age of 11, or those with disabilities, or hidden health conditions such as breathing difficulties, mental health conditions or autism. Under the regulations, members of the public will need to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hubs, to help curb the spread of the virus. Find out more

  • Cabinet Office: Staying Alert and safe - (social distancing)

    On 31 July the government updated this guidance to reflect changes in place announced on 31 July and what is required from 8 August.

    In terms of updates it refers to the requirement to wear face coverings in a greater number of public indoor settings from 8 August such as museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries. As well as a link to the changes to the roadmap to recovery announced on 31 July. It is national guidance relevant to England. We recommend you read this alongside the local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) collection document.

    The revised guidance can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government:

    Closing certain businesses and venues in England update:

    On 3 August the government updated its guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures, and on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in July and August 2020.
    The guidance was updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings and amendments to 1 August 2020 easings. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

    On 7 August the government updated their face coverings guidance in line with the latest government guidance. The guidance includes the option of using an exemption card where appropriate.

    The guidance explains what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence and is subject to change.
    The revised guidance can be found here.

  • HM Treasury: Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

    On 3 August the government published a news story explaining that diners across the UK will see their restaurant bills slashed by as much as 50% as the government’s landmark Eat Out to Help Out scheme officially opens for business.

    Previously we published how your organisation could sign up for the scheme. From 3 August 2020 customers will get up to 50% off on bills when visiting participating restaurants, pubs and cafes. Half price discount will run through August and applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Please give me space’ social distancing cards or badges guidance

    On 4 August the cabinet office published the please give me space’ social distancing cards or badges guidance. Optional badges can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing.

    They can be used to signal to others around them that they need to pay attention and be given space. There are formats to use on a mobile phone or to print. Details can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Optional badges/lanyards to promote ongoing social distancing

    On 7 August the government updated the guidance to include the Distance Aware initiative.

    The Distance Aware initiative has been recently endorsed by the Department of Health and Social Care to promote the need for ongoing distancing for all. All badge/poster templates are available to download.
    The revised optional badges/ lanyards guidance can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Statistics on coronavirus support for business and individuals collection

    On 7 August the government updated its collection document with details of the Coronavirus Business Rates Relief.  

    The document  provides data on financial support measures announced by the government for businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The collection of documents bringing together information on the amount of funding distributed to businesses and the number of claims that have been made. The document can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Political campaigning online to be made more transparent under new rules

    On 12 August the government released a press release explaining that new measures will mean political parties and campaigners must explicitly show who they are, when promoting campaign content online
    A consultation has also been launched. 

    The proposals call for digital imprints to apply to all types of campaign content regardless of the country it is being promoted from, and across a variety of digital platforms. The regime is also intended to apply all year round, as while election periods see increased promotional activity, campaigning can happen at any time. The press release can be found here. Find out more here

  • Cabinet Office: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: What you can and can’t do

    On 24 August the government updated the guidance on what happens when you are ill on holiday in England. On 26 August they updated the guidance with details of guidance on face coverings in education institutions that teach people in Years 7 and above. The guidance covers frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak.

    We recommend that you keep up to date with the changes to see how it will impact on your volunteers, trustees and the services you provide. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Government ministers and responsibilities guidance

    On 28 August the government updated its guidance. The guidance lists government ministers and their responsibilities in the following way;

    • Ministerial departments
    • The ministers within ministerial departments
    • Private offices of all the ministers

    The executive agencies within each department.Read full guidance here.

  • Cabinet Office & Department of Health and Social Care: Technical specifications for personal protective equipment (PPE)

    On 28 August the government updated its guidance to reflect 3 attachments being added including “ ‘Essential technical requirements for PPE and medical devices: further information for health and social care providers” Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Our plan to rebuild - The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

    Now that schools in Leicester/Leicestershire have returned to a new normal re-opening for all pupils the VCSE sector may find it useful to revisit the government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis. In late July the guidance was updated and it may prove a useful tool as the VCSE sector makes its own plans about re-opening. The revised guidance includes an addition of an easy read version  of the next chapter in our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. Read more

  • Cabinet Office and Department for Digital Culture Media & Sport - Digital Identity: Call for Evidence Response consultation outcome:

    On 1 September the government announced the outcome of their consultation. The call for evidence related to gatherings views on how government can support the development and secure use of digital identities fit for the UK’s growing digital economy. A number of VCSE sector organisations responded to the consultation. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics and analysis

    On 2 September the government updated its guidance to include the addition of link to Collection page, ‘PPE deliveries statistics (England): weekly reports’. The guidance covers, COVID-19 cases and deaths, Estimated infection rate, Deaths where COVID-19 is suspected, Testing and tracing, Hospital cases of COVID-19, Business and the economy, Education, Shielding, Social impacts and Transport.
    Some of the statistics may be useful for funding bids.
    The full guidance can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021 guidance

    On 4 September the government added a link to the trader support service as part of this guidance. This guidance  informs UK businesses how to get ready for 2021, when the UK leaves the EU. At the moment we are in a transition phase. It might be relevant to charities and social enterprises that trade. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: HM Government Public Appointments – Charity Commission Board member:

    A vacancy for a Non-Executive Director will be created when one member completes their term in October 2020. This is a senior role requiring someone with the necessary experience and non-executive skills to support the Chair in providing strategic leadership and oversight of the Charity Commission. The application process closes at 11pm on 13 September. In this recruitment round they are seeking candidates who are registered Chartered Accountants
    Details of the criteria and application process can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Eighth round UK-EU future relationship negotiations

    On 4 September the government published a policy paper including the agenda for the eighth round of the UK-EU future relationship negotiations. The negotiations are going ahead on 8 – 10 September in London. They cover things such as trade in goods and law enforcement and judicial cooperation. The agenda can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

    On 9 September the government updated this guidance to reflect the upcoming changes from Monday 14 September which aim to simplify restrictions and ensure the virus is controlled.

    This is national guidance that applies to England only

    The contents of the guidance covers:

    1. Changes in restrictions announced on 9 September
    2. Social contact
    3. Visiting public places and taking part in activities
    4. Clinically vulnerable groups and clinically extremely vulnerable groups, and care homes
    5. Going to work and being COVID-19 Secure
    6. Workers’ rights
    7. Public Transport
    8. Schools and Childcare
    9. Borders / international visitors

    The full guidance can be found here.

    The Leicester lockdown guidance can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 10 September

    On 10 September the government published a news story on regarding the UK government hosting a meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 10 September in London. The meeting was an opportunity for both parties (EU and UK) to set out their positions. Vice President Šefčovič detailed the European Union’s concerns, and requested that the UK withdraw the UK Internal Market Bill. The UK Government made clear that the legislative timetable for the Bill would continue as planned. Read more.

  • Cabinet Office: HMG Legal Position: UK Internal Market Bill (UKIM) and Northern Ireland Protocol
  • Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies: CIC Regulator: Annual Report 2019 to 2020

    On 9 September the regulator published a corporate report, outlining the activities of the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CIC Regulator) during the 2019 to 2020 financial year
    It provides an overview of the CIC Regulator’s performance, with accounting and expenditure information. It also includes statistics showing the number of community interest companies (CICs) that were approved, dissolved and converted, and a breakdown of CICs by region. The report can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Meeting with others safely (social distancing)

    On 14 September the government updated its guidance.  The guidance covers social distancing, seeing friends and family, and rules in other venues and activities. This is guidance that applies to England only. If you live, work, volunteer in an area where local restrictions are in place you should also consult the local restrictions guidance, for information about what you can and can’t do to manage the outbreak. The Leicester local restrictions can be found here.  The guidance can be found here:

  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: What you can and can’t do

    On 14 September the government updated the guidance to reflect the changes that came in force that day. The guidance includes details on the legal limit of how many people you don’t live with you are able to meet. When meeting with people you don’t live with you can socialise in groups of up to 6. You should continue to maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with. It also explains that you should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or social bubble.

    Read full guidance here. Read Support bubble guidance here.

  • Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

    On 14 September the government updated its guidance to reflect changes to upcoming NHS Test and Trace rules and restrictions on social groups gatherings.

    Community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities support a wide range of local activity. However, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    This information is for those managing multi-use community facilities.

  • Cabinet Office: Government response to the Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse ( IICSA) Westminster report

    On 18 September the government published a policy paper with their response to the inquiry. The government states it is committed to tackling child sexual abuse and exploitation in all its forms. Read the recommendations here.

  • Cabinet Office: Julia Lopez speech at techUK’s ‘Building the Smarter State’ Conference

    Julia Lopez is the Cabinet Office’s new Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Government Digital Service (GDS). She delivered her first speech as minister on 16 September. In her speech she underlined how vital reform is needed, particularly in how the government can use the momentum provided by Covid to reduce the friction – and frankly the frustration – that people can experience when accessing and interacting with government services online. The full speech can be found here and might of interest to VCSE organisations looking to apply for the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework.

  • Home Office: Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs)

    On 14 September the home office published an open consultation on a new court order to target known knife and offensive weapon carriers.
    The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 8 November 2020. SVROs would empower the police to stop and challenge those who are known to carry knives. The government feels it will help to keep communities safer by giving officers a tool to help tackle the most dangerous offenders. They are consulting on the design of SVROs and welcome views on how they can ensure these important tools are used appropriately. The document and way to respond can be found here.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS): Volunteer user testers safeguarding

    In January 2020, DCMS published an online tool to help charities in England to handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity.  In order to continually improve this service, they are seeking volunteer user testers to enable them to identify improvements. The next session will take place on Friday 25 September. They will be conducted remotely and will be around an hour long and carried out by Nudge Digital, who are  contracted by DCMS. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 22 September

    On 22 September the government published a news story announcing further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England. The changes include, from 23 September customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings. From 24 September Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings.
    Read more

  • Cabinet Office : Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Meeting with others safely (social distancing)

    On 22 September the government updated the guidance in line with the new measures introduced. This is guidance that applies to England only. If you live, work, volunteer in the areas of Leicester restrictions you should also consult that guidance. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Coronavirus outbreak FAQ - what you can and can’t do

    On 22 September the government updated the guidance in in line with latest government guidance. Some of the new restrictions will be set out in the law and guidance. The law being The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020.

    The police and other enforcement officers are able to issue penalties to those that don’t comply with law. Read more

  • House of Commons debate: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

    On 21 September the Rt Hon Liz Kendall, Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicester West gave a speech about Leicester’s lockdown, the impact it has had, and what the government needs to do to better support local people. Details of the debate can be found on parliament live.tv. A copy of the speech can be found here. If you have comments or suggestions about other issues you feel should be raised you can contact your MP using this online facility.

  • Cabinet Office: Joint statement on COVID-19

    On 25 September a joint statement was published from the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government. It refers to seeing the start of a second wave. The Chief Medical Officers have agreed the alert level should increase to 4. They reaffirm their shared commitment to suppressing the virus to the lowest possible level and keeping it there, while they  strive to return life to as normal as possible for as many people as possible. They agree that their policy decisions should be consistent with this objective. The policy paper can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks report

    On 24 September the government released this policy paper. The UK government is required to report to the UK Parliament every three months on the progress made to develop UK Common Frameworks, in line with Schedule 3 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act2018. This report details the steps that have been taken during the eighth reporting period, from 26 March 2020 to 25 June 2020. Read more

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Cabinet Office: Closing certain businesses and venues in England

    On 24 September the guidance was updated following new measures announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September 2020. This document supports the government’s guidance on staying at home. The powers are covered in the: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 & the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020. Read more

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government: Local COVID-19 outbreaks: lessons learnt and good practice

    On 14 September the government published the report of Dame Mary Ney’s rapid stocktake of lessons learnt from the Leicester City/Leicestershire experience of responding to a local surge in COVID-19 cases. The report sets out learning and best practice drawn from Dame Mary Ney’s work which included conversations with key players at all 5 local authorities in the Leicester City/Leicestershire area.
    The ministerial response welcomes the report and outlines how the learning and good practice that it highlights will be used in the future. There is mention of Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) in section 5.2 of the report titled Volunteering. Read more

  • Cabinet Office and Office for Veterans' Affairs: Civil Service starts guaranteed interview scheme for veterans

    On 5 October the government  published a news story explaining that several government departments are starting a new initiative today to make it easier for veterans to secure employment in the Civil Service. The initiative, known as the ‘Great Place to Work for Veterans’, delivers on a manifesto commitment. Recruitment campaigns in the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office and the Home Office, including UK Border Force, will begin to include the option for veterans to indicate that they wish to apply under the initiative. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Honours committees

    On 7 October the government updated their guidance due to changes made to Honours Committee Membership and changes made to the profiles of some existing committee members. Honours committees are made up of senior civil servants (‘official members’) and people who are independent of government (‘independent members’). Honours committees review honours nominations for people involved in specific activities (like arts and media or sport) which are then sent to the Main Honours Committee. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Meeting with others safely (social distancing)

    On 7 October the government updated the guidance to explain when seeing friends and family you do not live with you should meet in groups of 6 or less. In England, this limit of 6 includes children of any age. This is guidance that applies to England only. Read more

  • House of Commons Debate: Leicester local restrictions – 100 days

    On 7 October it was 100 days since Leicester local restrictions were brought in.
    Keir Starmer, Party leader of the Labour Party discussed this topic with the prime minister as part of Prime Minister question time. Part of his questioning included:
    “Today it is 100 days since the first local restrictions were introduced. Twenty local areas in England have been under restrictions for two months. Prime Minister, in 19 of those 20 areas, infection rates have gone up.” You can see a copy of the transcript of the debate here. You can watch back Prime Minister’s questions on parliamentlive.tv here. Details of Leicester local restrictions can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020 High Awards

    On 9 October the government announced the birthday honours 2020 – higher awards. One of the people to receive an award is the East Midlands Sir Paul Brierley Smith, who has been awarded the companion of honour. He left school with no qualifications, and went from humble beginnings in a tiny shop in Nottingham to building the Paul Smith empire which now spans 52 countries. Other people who were awarded an honour include Victoria Mary Taylor Heywood CBE (Lady Jones) who is currently Chair of Mountview, the leading UK drama school, and she also sits on the board of the National Theatre and is a trustee of the Foyle Foundation. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Queen’s birthday honour list

    On 9 October the government published a press release about how frontline responders and community volunteers honoured in most diverse honours list ever. The list showcases 414 exceptional contributions of unsung heroes in all four nations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is the most ethnically diverse list to date, with 13% of recipients from a minority ethnic background. 72% of the awards go to those who have worked tirelessly for their local community. This reflects the huge voluntary effort across the country in response to COVID-19. Read more

  • HM Treasury: Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

    On 9 October the government published a news story about expanding the government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work – protecting jobs and enabling businesses to reopen quickly once restrictions are lifted. Read more

  • Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street: Prime Minister announces new local COVID Alert Levels

    On 12 October the government published a press release of details of the new local COVID Alert Levels set out by the Prime Minister. The government believe that by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England it will further simplify and standardise local rules by. Read more

  • HM Government: Find out the coronavirus restrictions in a local area

    Each area has a Local COVID Alert Level. There are 3 Local COVID Alert Levels. Sometimes this is known as a ‘local lockdown’. This applies to England only. There are different restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The tool enables you to enter the postcode of the place you want to find information about. For example where you live, work, or want to  visit. You need to enter the full postcode and then you can find out what you can or cannot do in that place. The postcode checker can be found here.

  • Department of Health and Social Care: Local COVID alert levels: What you need to know

    On 12 October the government published this new guidance explaining local COVID alert levels, what they mean, why they are being introduced & what the different levels are. Local alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area. Read more

  • Cabinet Office: Local COVID Alert Level Posters

    On 13 October the government published a series of graphical posters displaying information about the Local COVID Alert Level. There are posters with alternative text for medium, high and very high COVID-19 Alert. You may want to download the posters and display them in community settings to inform your beneficiaries and the local community. The posters can be accessed here.

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  • Social Mobility Commission: Monitoring social mobility 2013 to 2020 corporate report

    On 10 June the commission published the report. The report audits government action on the commission’s key social mobility recommendations from 2013 to 2020.

    You may find it useful for any secondary research that you might complete for a funding bid or updating the priorities  of your organisation’s strategic plan. The report covers several policy areas including:

    • early years
    • education
    • employment
    • housing
    • health
    • transport

    It highlights areas of concern and sets out an action plan for the government to achieve greater social mobility in the UK.  In addition the world economic forum have produced a new index to measure social mobility, providing a much-needed assessment of the current state of social mobility worldwide. They published their report in January 2020.

  • Volunteering matters: National scheme to help keep transport users safe

    On 23 May the Secretary of State for Transport announced that national charity Volunteering Matters is coordinating a volunteer response programme – Journey Makers – to help keep people safe using transport networks as lockdown restrictions are eased.

    Volunteers, called Journey Makers, will be offering guidance, providing friendly advice, reminding passengers about social distancing measures, preventing overcrowding and helping vulnerable passengers on their journeys.  The main role of a Journey Maker will be to provide support for the public in preventing crowd congestion at major transport stations.

    Volunteer tasks will involve:

    • Supporting passenger flow in and out of stations
    • Guiding passengers through new designated social distancing safe pathways
    • Encouraging passengers to use face coverings (in line with government and station advice)
    • Providing clear and concise verbal instructions to people moving through the station
    • Reassuring passengers and answering questions

    Volunteers will be provided with appropriate PPE (in line with that worn by staff) and have an induction by station staff before they begin their role.
    Details of the scheme can be found here.

    If you are interested in knowing more about the volunteer roles locally, then please get in touch with VAL’s helpline If using the online form, please use the option volunteering in the reason for contact drop down box.

  • Financial management during COVID-19

    Gurbinder Singh, Director of Leicester-based accountants BGS Accounting, provides guidance for local charities and community groups on how to manage their finances during COVID-19.

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  • Financial management after COVID-19

    Gurbinder Singh, Director of Leicester-based accountants BGS Accounting, provides guidance for local charities and community groups on how to manage their finances once the COVID-19 lockdown passes.

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  • Small Charities Coalition - Small charities bulletin (2 March 2020)

    This special briefing has been written to help small charities think through some of the issues that Coronavirus may mean for their organisation.

    Visit the NHS website

  • Charity Bank - COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises

    COVID-19 has created extra challenges for the social sector. Many of your staff may now be working from home. You may have had to cancel events and change how you support your service users.

    Visit Charity Bank

  • Pets and Coronavirus - Comfort in Crisis

    Members of the CFSG have come together to provide clear guidance to owners on how to look after their pets during the current COVID-19 crisis. Pets are valuable family members who can provide comfort and companionship to people during this period of time when many will be self-isolating or unwell. We want to ensure advice around their care is clear and people know where to go for further up to date information on controlling the spread of COVID-19 whilst meeting their pet’s welfare needs.

    Visit the CFSG website

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS): Impact of Covid-19 survey

    DCMS have released a survey to understand the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on organisations in the digital, culture, media, sport, gambling, telecoms and tourism sectors and their engagement with the available government interventions. The survey should take around 10-20 minutes and the deadline for responses is 15 May 2020.

    Visit the survey

  • Groop: Secure online video calling

    Groop are a social business committed to supporting community groups in a sustainable way to collaborate and communicate. They provide facilities to enable you to schedule multi-user meetings and deliver group sessions with your participants via GroopEvents. They are offering to support voluntary, charity or small businesses during COVID-19 with a free 7 day trial to Groop, including GroopLive and a 60% discount for the next three months – £7.99 per month

    Visi the Groop website

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy : Upcoming Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

    On 14 May the government introduced temporary measures to give companies and other bodies flexibility around Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and other meetings.

    This will be made retrospective to 26 March and the successful passage of the upcoming Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill. Companies required by law to hold Annual General Meetings (AGMs) will be extended greater flexibilities, including holding Annual General Meetings (AGMs) online or postponing the meetings.

    Details of this announcement can be found here, which we recommend social enterprises keep a track of. 

  • The Insolvency Service: Amendment to insolvency law – relevance to charities and social enterprises

    On 14 May, the government amend insolvency law to give companies breathing space and keep trading while they explore options for rescue.

    This was initially announced on 28 March, but has now been extended in light of the government’s update to lockdown rules earlier this week.  This will enable companies to continue buying much-needed supplies, such as energy, raw materials or broadband, while attempting a rescue.

    The temporary suspension of wrongful trading provisions,  retrospectively from 1 March 2020 for three months, will enable company directors to keep their businesses going without the threat of personal liability.  The press release on this can be found here.

    To understand how this is relevant to a charity,  Bates Wells  have produced a guide called “Charity Governance and Solvency: A Coronavirus Guide” view here
    Aspects of the guide might also be useful for social enterprises.

  • Charity Retail Association:  Reopening pack

    The charity retail association describe themselves as the primary membership organisation for charity shops in the United Kingdom.

    The re-opening pack consists of helpful guidance for when charity shops  are given the green light to open up shops, and provides some suggestions of things to think about in the meantime.

    The pack  should be read in conjunction with UK Government guidance for shops on working safely during coronavirus.
    The pack is regularly revised to take account of government changes and feedback from members. The latest version published is version 3. Read more

  • Leicestershire Police: Social distancing rules during coronavirus in England

    VAL hopes that you enjoy the bank holiday whilst staying alert and safe.  Whilst some of the lockdown rules have changed as the UK moves to the next phase in our fight against coronavirus, we wanted to remind you about what the new social distancing rules are, so that you can inform your staff, volunteers, and the communities you work with.

    Leicestershire Police has wrote a useful article about when we can legally have an excuse to go outside our homes. It explains that public gatherings of more than two people who don’t live together are banned. This includes all the leisure activities like exercise and picnics.
    We can exercise or relax outdoors with one other person from another household. However, we must keep 2m apart from anyone you meet from outside your household. Read more

    You may want to read this in conjunction with the Cabinet Office’s Staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidance which was published on 11 May.

  • Save Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR)

    SITR is a vital tax relief which supports the VCSE sector through private investment.  It has enabled many outstanding and crucial social enterprises to access the investment they need to grow on an unsecured and affordable basis. 

    SITR will be retired by April 2021 unless action is taken now to extend it. There is an opportunity to extend the tax relief through an amendment in the Finance Bill currently passing through Parliament. Resonance who are leading on this campaign to save the tax relief would appreciate if you can  write to your MP,  to ask them to support such an amendment. This  would extend Social Investment Tax Relief’s end date from April 2021 to April 2023.

    Resonance believe SITR could be a significant force for good as the UK emerges from this current crisis especially if it was allowed to include investing in community renewables, care homes and community facilities (as it was when first launched).

    For now they want to make sure the relief doesn’t disappear.  Therefore if the sunset clause amendment isn’t passed the result will be that very soon, millions of pounds of investment capital that can be raised for social enterprises supporting the most vulnerable in society will not be able to be used.

    For more details on the campaign see the link here.
    Here it explains how to write to your MP. 

  • Law works:

    Law Works is a charity connecting volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice. They have produced an article -payment of rent where access to premises is forbidden.

    The article covers :

    • What are our rights?
    • Can we withhold rent?
    • If we cannot occupy the premises, does the lease come to an end?
    • How to use  lease frustration and force majeure

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  • St John Ambulance: Working safely during COVID-19 - Free tool and advice

    St John Ambulance’s describe themselves  as a charity that steps forward in the moments that matter, to save lives and keep communities safe.

    They have produced a  free online tool to help organisations can work safely during this fast-moving situation: Click here to read more and view the online tool and advice

  • Befriending Network: Interim Volunteer Toolkit

    Befriending Networks is a national support organisation for befriending projects throughout the UK. 
    During the Covid-19 period they have produced a whole range of resources, templates and training videos for interim volunteers which are all available to download free on their website.

    This includes information about DBS, handling money, boundaries, safeguarding and confidentiality as well as template forms and policies for telephone and distance befriending. More information can be found here.

    The easy access Interim Volunteer Toolkit can be found here.

  • Food bank plus report:

    Food Bank Plus is one of several projects supported through the Feeding Leicester partnership which was established to address food poverty in Leicester City. 
    Liz Kendall MP, who chairs Feeding Leicester, and is also a trustee of national anti-hunger charity Feeding Britain, comments:
    “This first year’s record represents a milestone in Feeding Leicester’s fight against poverty and destitution in the city. By clearly identifying the underlying causes of hardship, it also shows the steps the Government needs to take to reduce the appalling levels of need for food banks in the first place.”. No family should have to go without basic essentials, yet all too many in our city are doing so. The findings from this project show what needs to be done to prevent this nightmare scenario afflicting yet more families in future.”

    Mary Collier, from Reaching People, who is the project manager and adviser, adds: “Addressing poverty is critical to people in so many ways. Food Bank Plus demonstrates how important this model of local advice provision is to maximise people’s incomes, increase their independence, improve their health and wellbeing and to enable them to move forward without such reliance on foodbanks.”

    The project has continued to offer specialist support for vulnerable households during the COVID-19 pandemic, with ongoing funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.  Details of the report can be found here.

  • Leicestershire Police Neighbourhood Link Service:

    Neighbourhood Link , the community messaging system for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
    The aim of the service is to keep residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland informed and up to date with news on appeals, events and crime prevention advice as well as information on policing matters that affect you.

    Scams being highlighted at the moment include: Paying for items such as face masks which don’t exist or are faulty. – They recommend not responding to unsolicited emails or texts offering items for sale. You have no way of verifying if the seller (or goods) are legitimate or not.
    Read more

  • BCG Digital Ventures and partners: Digital Boost

    On 9 June a new free-of-charge online platform that brings together leaders of small businesses and charities with a community of digital expert volunteers was launched in the UK.
    The Covid-19 crisis has presented many challenges for small businesses and charities, particularly in building digital capability. In response, Digital Boost has been created to provide much-needed digital support for small organisations. The platform is founded by Founders4Schools and BCG Digital Ventures, with support from DCMS.
    The press release can be found here.

  • Department of health and social care: Stay alert, control the virus, save lives:

    On 19 June the department of health and social care published their news story that there has been a steady decrease in cases they have seen in all four nations, and this continues.
    However, they went on to say this does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur.
    The latest government advice on whether you can leave home now includes symptoms relating to loss of smell or taste.
    Read more

    The 19 June government update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the UK alert level stated that the Joint Biosecurity Centre had recommended that the COVID-19 alert level should move from Level 4 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially) to Level 3 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation.

    Details of this update where the potential of localised outbreaks occurring was mentioned can be found here.

  • Cabinet Office: Staying Alert and safe (social distancing) until 4 July

    Whilst nationally the government updated its staying alert and safe guidance on 24 June regarding what the public can do during lockdown, it doesn’t have a section about local lockdown. Therefore this may mean that the public and organisations might get confused with what they can and can’t do.

    As part of the local lockdown process extra funding has been allocated to Leicester and Leicestershire councils to support them to enhance their communications and ensure those communications are translated into all locally relevant languages. At this stage the detail of what this will be is not yet available. In the circumstances we recommend that you make sure you cross reference what is in the cabinet office guidance and what has been released by the various councils.

    This is the Cabinet Office guidance which relates to England as a whole.
    This is Leicester City Council’s guidance.
    This is Leicestershire County Council’s guidance.
    This is Blaby district council’s guidance.
    This is Charnwood borough council’s guidance
    This is Oadby & Wigston Council’s guidance

  • Choose how you move: Pop-up Cycling and Walking Lanes

    In some of the national media coverage of the local lockdown announcements some residents said they weren’t aware of the walking lanes set up in the city. You may want to share details with your beneficiaries and inform you staff and volunteers.

    Pop-up cycling lanes and widened pavements are being installed across Leicester in response to the coronavirus restrictions. They will enable people to get around the city whilst protecting public transport for key workers. Whilst during local lockdown the government is recommending people in Leicester stay at home as much as you can and they recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester; if you do go out then knowledge of the current pop-up walking and cycling lanes might be useful.
    Find out more

  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority: Spot the signs

    The recent local lockdown national media coverage has highlighted some potential issues with working practices in a small number of local employers.

    The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, as part of their day to day work to protect vulnerable and exploited workers, have produced some workers’ rights leaflets, which can be downloaded in 19 different language formats.
    You may find these useful to share with your beneficiaries where appropriate. They have also produced some guidance on how to spot the signs of  labour exploitation which might prove useful to share with your staff and volunteers.

  • Working together to keep children safe

    The Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board have launched a new short film ‘Was not heard’, which was created by young people and is about youth voice and the importance of listening and creating safe environments of communication.

    The film was was written by 17 year-old writer Yasmin Allen and the narration and performances were provided by twelve young actors aged between six and seventeen. It has been funded and supported by the Safeguarding Children Partnership (Board)s of Leicester and Leicestershire & Rutland (LLR), National Youth Agency, and also, secured through the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England. Read more

  • Directory of Social Change (DSC): Zoom Talks

    Charities are navigating serious challenges relating to COVID-19 but also other long-term problems.

    To help you meet these head-on, DSC are running a new series of free Zoom Talks, on topics ranging from how to set up your office in the new environment, to getting your board communication right. Zoom Talks are free to attend, so check out the list below and find out more:

    The Covid Crisis CEO: How to get it right – Wednesday 19 August

    The do’s and don’ts of successful board – Executive communication during the crisis – Monday 24 August

    The end of the office as we know it? – Wednesday 26 August

  • UK Parliament Committees: Food insecurity exposed by COVID-19

    The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s COVID-19 and Food Supply Report has found that the pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity for millions of people.

    The use of UK food banks almost doubled during lockdown, with a significant spike in demand from people with children. Recognising that the situation is likely to worsen, a cross-party group of MPs has called on Government to urgently appoint a ‘Minister for Food Security’. The new Minister would work across Government departments to collect robust data and deliver sustainable change. The report also urges the Government to consult on whether a ‘right to food’ should be put in legislation. Read the findings from the report here.

  • National Apprenticeship Service: Financial support for apprenticeships

    As England adjusts to the new normal, the government has introduced financial support to help employers hire new apprentices. When you hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, you can apply for extra funding to give your organisation a boost. Read more

  • Full Fact: Can children be detained without their parents’ consent if the authorities think they have coronavirus?

    Full Fact is the UK’s independent fact checking organisation. There has been a rumour spreading about parent’s rights regarding the coronavirus act. The claim was that the Coronavirus Act allowed children to be detained for 14 days without their parents’ consent. The claim is untrue and the full facts can be found here.

  • Department for work and pensions: Kick Start Scheme

    On 2 September the government introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. Funding is available to employers. Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. Read more

  • The University of Sheffield: The Mobilising Volunteers Effectively project report

    The Mobilising Volunteers Effectively (MoVE) project, run by a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Hull and Leeds included looking at how best volunteers can be deployed to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. This is the first of three reports from phase one of the MoVE (mobilising volunteers effectively) project, exploring key lessons from the national lockdown. Read more

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