Money matters

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

- An 'unconference' for social entrepreneurs with new ideas is being held in London on 15 and 16 May. The event, called Shine, will be held at social enterprise centre The Hub in King's Cross. It is intended to help organisations network, hear new ideas and get advice. For more information, visit

- A 45,000-signature petition asking the Government to stop the charging of water rates at commercial levels to churches, charities and sports clubs was filed on the Downing Street website last week. It is estimated that the charges, known as the 'rain tax', will cost the sector about £100m. The petition is the largest to be filed on the site so far this year.

- Ethical investment charity the Eiris Foundation is holding a seminar for trusts and foundations on investment risk. The free event, which will take place on 18 May in London, will look at environmental, social and governance risks for investors. For more information, call 020 7840 5738 or email sam.collin

- The Charity Commission has reminded charities of the new accounting thresholds, which came into force on 1 April. The threshold above which charities must prepare accruals accounts has risen from £100,000 to £250,000, and the threshold above which they must submit annual accounts to the Charity Commission has risen from £10,000 to £25,000. Andrew Hind, chief executive of the commission, said nearly 50,000 charities would be affected.

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