Money matters

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

Communities secretary Hazel Blears has named 22 more areas that will get advice on transferring disused buildings from local authorities to community charities. The Advancing Assets for Communities programme will get advice from the specialist asset transfer unit at the Development Trusts Association.

HM Revenue & Customs will not implement a number of measures to make substantial donor legislation simpler. Last year, HMRC consulted on a number of changes that would simplify the law, including reducing the time charities must keep records. But only one of the proposals - to raise the limit for substantial donations from £100,000 in six years to £150,000 - was in last month's Budget. An HMRC spokesman said it intended to work with charities to introduce revised anti-avoidance legislation.

Social enterprises will be provided with more information on the new Social Enterprise Mark in meetings at the Wise Group offices in Glasgow on 11 June and at the Marywell Centre in Aberdeen on 17 June. For more information, contact

A free seminar on cloud computing, where organisations access software through the web instead of on their desktops, is being held by the NCVO on 3 June. The conference, in partnership with the Salesforce Foundation, which provides free software to charities, will be at the NCVO's London offices. For more information, visit

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