Money matters: Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Association fo Charitable Foundations - and a call for VAT exemption for psychological services

David Ainsworth's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

* The University of Plymouth is to be a partner in a new social enterprise training scheme. Over the next two years, the university will offer advice and training to students at the newly formed Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs. Funded by a group of charities and the Office of the Third Sector, and housed at the Dartington Hall Trust, the school will start its first training programme for up to 20 students in January.

* Charges made by charities providing paid-for psychological treatments should now be exempt from VAT, according to specialist charity auditor Sayer Vincent.

The auditor said a new HM Revenue & Customs policy meant services affected include counselling and working with children with emotional problems. The services must be provided by psychologists regulated by the Health Professionals Council.

* The Association of Charitable Foundations' annual conference will take place on 22 October at BMA House in London. Speakers will include Anne Power, a professor at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, and Nick Hurd MP, the shadow charities minister.


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