Money matters

Helen Warrell's round-up of what's happening in finance.

The Treasury is arranging meetings between sector representatives and government officials to discuss how to increase the take-up of Gift Aid in advance of this year's Budget. 

They will be held in London in January and February. For information, email giftaid-consultation@hm-treasury.gsi.gov.uk.

- Stamp Out Poverty has launched a 10-minute campaign film to promote its proposal for a 0.005 per cent tax on sterling currency transactions to fund international development. The film, which is called Can Pay, Should Pay, is introduced by journalist and Channel 4 news broadcaster Jon Snow. To watch the film, see www.stampoutpoverty.org/?lid=10652.

- Jonathan Bland, chief executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition, is among the keynote speakers at an enterprise convention being held by Social Enterprise West Midlands in Dudley on 29 January to celebrate the success of social businesses in the region. The event, Focusing on Success, is being staged with Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency.

- The NCVO has expanded its scheme for connecting experienced sector groups with those hoping to learn new skills. Only Connect, which used to link organisations wanting to enter open-market trading with those doing so, now covers public-service delivery and loan finance. The project has also increased its bursaries by 50 per cent.

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