Money matters

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

Voluntary sector spokespeople for the three main political parties will debate who has the best policies for social enterprise at a conference at London's Emirates Stadium next week. Charities minister Kevin Brennan, his Conservative shadow Nick Hurd and the Lib Dems' shadow Cabinet Office minister Susan Kramer are expected to attend the Social Business for CEOs conference. The conference will focus on team-building, the political environment and raising capital. It takes place on 13 November.

- HM Revenue & Customs has launched a CD to help charities and amateur sports clubs boost their income through Gift Aid. It contains advice, templates, an interactive claim form and other materials to help organisations claim Gift Aid. The CD is available from HMRC Charities: call 08453 020 203 or email

- Economist Tim Congdon will give a lecture at the Charity Investors' Group's seminar on the effects of the credit crunch. The event will take place at 4pm on 27 November at Schroders investment house, London. The meeting is open to investment managers and charities, including non-members of the group. Contact

- Cruse Bereavement Care has received a £420,000 loan and a £40,000 grant from Futurebuilders England. Cruse, which runs advice lines (below) for bereaved people, says it will use the money to help more than half the country's victims of bereavement and build its public sector contracts.


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