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Annual Return 2018: outcome of the Charity Commission consultation

The Charity Commission has published the Charities (Annual Return) Regulations 2018, which came into force on New Year’s Day and is the outcome of its consultation on the content of the charity Annual Return for 2018. The annual return must be completed by all charities with annual incomes of £10,000 or more. AR18 applies to charities with financial years ending from 1 January 2018. Charities have ten months from the end of their financial year to complete the return.

The Commission has amended its a proposed new question on income received from overseas. Only information about income from overseas governments or quasi-governmental bodies, charities and NGOs will be mandatory for the first year. Providing information about income from other overseas institutions and donors will be voluntary for the AR18 and then mandatory in following years. The Commission will also introduce a financial threshold for this information. These changes are intended to ensure that charities will be able to update their records and systems before the question areas become compulsory.

The Commission has decided not to ask charities:

  • whether they are claiming rate relief for the premises they use; and 
  • the amount of Gift Aid they have claimed.

AR18 will require charities to provide information about the total remuneration received by their staff members, including salary, bonuses, pension contributions, private health care and other benefits in kind. The Commission will make public how many individuals receive total packages worth upwards of £60,000 in bands (in bands of £10,000 up to £150,000, then in bands of £50,000). The Commission will also require charities to provide information about their highest-paid employee, but that information will be held for regulatory purposes rather than being made public.

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  • Date: 03 January 2018 (Posted: 03 January 2018)

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    OSCR website

    OSCR has revamped its website.

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    • Date: 21 June 2011 (Posted: 21 June 2011)

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      Planning for the Future

      MHCLG has announced proposals to alter the planning system to “get Britain building”, in a White Paper titled: Planning for the Future.

      The main proposals in the Planning for the Future policy paper focus on:

      • Supporting communities to deliver more homes for local people
      • Helping first time buyers onto the housing ladder
      • Creating beautiful, sustainable places
      • Ensuring affordable, safe and secure housing for all
      • Laying the foundations for affordable, green and beautiful homes for everyone.

       This is underpinned by three pillars:

      In the new system, local areas will develop plans for land to be designated into three categories:

      • Growth areas will support development, with development approved at the same time plans are prepared. This means new homes, schools, shops and business space can be built faster and more efficiently, as long as local design standards are met.
      • Renewal areas will be suitable for some development - where it is high-quality and meets design and other prior approval requirements, the process will be quicker. If not, development will need planning approval in the usual way.
      • Protected areas – where development will be restricted to protect heritage, e.g. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.

      The reforms will also mean that:

      • Homes will be built quicker by ensuring local housing plans are developed and agreed in 30 months – down from the current 7 years it often takes
      • Every area will have to have a local plan in place
      • The planning system will be made more accessible, by harnessing the latest technology through online maps and data
      • Valued green spaces will be protected for future generations by allowing for more building on brownfield land and all new streets to be tree-lined
      • The planning process will be overhauled and replaced with a clearer, rules-based system, as around a third of planning cases that go to appeal are overturned.
      • A new, simpler national levy will replace the current system of developer contributions, which often causes delay – this will provide more certainty about the number of affordable homes being built
      • The creation of a fast-track system for “beautiful buildings” and establishing local design guidance for developers to build and preserve “beautiful communities”
      • Supply more land in the system to enable more high-quality homes to be built in the right places and to provide businesses and communities with the space to develop
      • All new homes will be ”zero-carbon ready”, with the intention that no new homes delivered under the new system will need to be retrofitted up until at least 2050.

      MHCLG are consulting on these changes to the regulations – closing 29 October – on proposals for reform of the planning system in England. The consultation proposes reforms of the planning system covering plan-making, development management, development contributions, and other related policy proposals. The consultation proposes:

      • Streamlining and modernising the planning process
      • Bringing a new focus to design and sustainability
      • Improving the system of developer contributions to infrastructure (see below)
      • Ensuring more land is available for development where it is needed.

      Reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy – proposal for a consolidated Infrastructure Levy

      The Government proposes that the existing regimes for securing developer contributions are replaced with a new, consolidated ‘Infrastructure Levy’.

      The Government proposes:

      • The Community Infrastructure Levy and the current system of planning obligations will be reformed as a nationally-set, value-based flat rate charge (“the Infrastructure Levy”). A single rate or varied rates could be set. The Government will aim for the new Levy to raise more revenue than under the current system of developer contributions and deliver at least as much – if not more – on-site affordable housing as at present. This reform will enable the Government to sweep away months of negotiation of Section 106 agreements and the need to consider site viability. The Government will deliver more of the infrastructure that existing and new communities require, by capturing a greater share of the uplift in land value that comes with development.
      • The Government will be more ambitious for affordable housing provided through planning gain and will ensure that the new Infrastructure Levy allows local planning authorities to secure more on-site housing provision.
      • The Government will give local authorities greater powers to determine how developer contributions are used, including by expanding the scope of the Levy to cover affordable housing provision to allow local planning authorities to drive up the provision of affordable homes. The Government will ensure that affordable housing provision supported through developer contributions is kept at least at current levels, and that it is still delivered on-site to ensure that new development continues to support mixed communities. Local authorities will have the flexibility to use this funding to support both existing communities as well as new communities.
      • The Government will also look to extend the scope of the consolidated Infrastructure Levy and remove exemptions from it to capture changes of use through permitted development rights, so that additional homes delivered through this route bring with them support for new infrastructure. In making this change to developer contributions for new development, the scope of the Infrastructure Levy would be extended to better capture changes of use which require planning permission, even where there is no additional floorspace, and for some permitted development rights including office to residential conversions and new demolition and rebuild permitted development rights. This approach would increase the levy base and would allow these developments to better contribute to infrastructure delivery and making development acceptable to the community. However, the Government will maintain the exemption of self and custom-build development from the Infrastructure Levy.

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      • Date: 14 August 2020 (Posted: 14 August 2020)

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