If you claim Gift Aid, you must take action now to prepare for the new system.

Charities Online - HMRC's new system for claiming Gift Aid - is now live. It replaces the paper form that members currently use to claim tax repayments.
The transition period for implementing the changes will end on 30 September this year. This is a tight timescale so it's important that you take steps now to ensure you have everything in place. If you don't, your claims may end up being delayed or even reduced in value.
  
What you need to do
Together with voluntary sector partners, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has produced a set of clear instructions you can follow.
  
Read the step by step guide to Charities Online (pdf 225kb)
  
It covers:

  • Why the changes are important
  • What the changes are
  • How you can plan for them
  • The three ways you can claim Gift Aid 
  • Details of the new Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

  
If you have any questions or concerns about the new system, please contact HMRC on 0845 302 0203.

Screengrab of new WCVA website

WCVA has recently launched its brand new website, which is packed with new features and useful guidance. It’s also the new home for the Wales Third Sector Funding Portal, a one-stop shop for funding advice and opportunities. To reflect this, the Sustainable Funding Cymru website has closed down but you’ll find everything WCVA offers and more on the WCVA Funding section.

Visit www.wcva.org.uk for lots of helpful information.

A pioneering new service giving charities and voluntary organisations more information about what works to reduce reoffending has been launched.

The Justice Data Lab will for the first time give voluntary and community sector agencies access to high-quality reoffending data tailored to their needs. This will allow them to better understand the impact of their work and design more effective interventions.

Expert analysts at the Ministry of Justice will match data from organisations working with offenders with national records to produce reoffending rates for that group of individuals. This will be compared with a control group to prove the effectiveness of a particular intervention. 

Through sharing the data, they will also build a library of valuable information that can be used to inform rehabilitation schemes up and down the country, creating a culture of best practice and transparency, driving better outcomes and creating safer communities.

The innovative new service has been set up as part of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda, which proposes a greater role for the voluntary and community sector and private sector in tackling reoffending on a payment by results basis.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said:

'Reoffending has been too high for too long and we need a revolution in the way we tackle it. Providers must be able to see what works if they are to break the depressing cycle of crime.

'Giving the voluntary sector the right tools to understand their impact will allow them to compete for contracts on a level playing field with the confidence that they are working from sound evidence and proven success.

'This will help good organisations to become even more successful.'

The Data Lab has been developed in close consultation with the voluntary and community sector and tailored to meet their needs. 

Dan Corry, Chief Executive at New Philanthropy Capital, a charity think-tank which helped Government develop the new service, said:

'We are very pleased the Ministry of Justice has acted so swiftly to set up the Justice Data Lab.

'Access to reoffending data will enable voluntary sector organisations to prove their efficacy and fine-tune their services. This is particularly pertinent as the payment by results approach starts to sweep through the criminal justice system.'

The service is being trialled for one year with a view to making it a permanent fixture. All organisations working with offenders will be able to use it, but it is anticipated the highest demand will come from the voluntary and community sector.

  

Cardiff People First has asked us to let you know that there is office space available at Canton House, 435 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff CF5 1JH.

    

Here are some of the details:

3 office rooms plus storage totalling circa 500 sq ft.

  

ROOM 1         14’6” X 9’6” with storage space off and access to secondary fire

                      Escape.

 

ROOM 2         14’6” X 9’6” leading to:-

 

ROOM 3         12’6 X 7’6” with access to storage room of 11’6” x 6’9”

    

Situated on the first floor. Building is fully DDA compliant with passenger lift and disabled facilities on each floor. The building is kept to a good standard.

   

RENT £3,900 pa paid quarterly

   

SERVICE CHARGE for upkeep of common areas  £2.00psf ie £1,000pa

   

RATES. Responsibility of tenant but relief/concessions probably apply.

  

If anyone is interested, please get in touch with Latham Properties on 029 2066 6469 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A new fund to replace the UK Government’s Social Fund has launched.

The Welsh Government’s Discretionary Assistance Fund was introduced from 2 April 2013, replacing the Social Fund, discontinued at the end of March 2013. The DAF grants will be administered by Northgate Public Services, in partnership with the Family Fund and Wrexham CBC.

The new fund comprises of two elements, Individual Assistance Payments (IAP) and Emergency Assistance Payments (EAP). The aim of IAPs is to help people enable or continue independent living and avoid the need for constitutional care and ease exceptional pressure on low income families. EAPs provide assistance to those who have incurred expenses due to an

unforeseen emergency.

Grants will be determined by a series of eligibility questions, and applications can be made on behalf of the grant recipient if necessary.

Rather than being paid in cash, grants will be provided on payment cards that can be used at retailers, many of which offer home delivery if clients are unable to get to them. However, some EAP payments will be available through PayPoint outlets throughout Wales.

The fund is budgeted to run for two years, with £10.2 million available each year.

More information on the Discretionary Assistance Fund can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.