Autumn Statement 2013: Make it easier for charities to ‘recruit and retain’

 

As part of our preview of Autumn Statement 2013, Tracey Johnson, partner at Moore and Smalley, offers her thoughts on what government can do to help charities and not-for-profit organisations.

 

The Autumn Statement is once again the big opportunity for the chancellor to boost confidence in the recovery. Businesses need to see incentives to invest and create jobs, as well as simplification of the tax system and administrative bureaucracy.

 

In the charity and NFP sector, we really need to have a degree of certainty about funding streams and simplification of procurement processes to enable more charities who are delivering essential services to be able to bid for contracts and access funding.

 

The sector employs a significant number of people, so any incentives which reduce employment costs, for example NIC relief, and help them to be able to afford to retain employees will be welcomed.

 

Any incentives that encourage private giving through donations, legacies, or social investment initiatives will also help the sector to increase or maintain income levels or, in the case of grant making trusts, to provide funding and support to other voluntary organisations.

 

As ever, the ability to recover more VAT would be very welcome, though this is unlikely.