Tuesday, 24 February 2015


A course is being delivered in Llandrindod Wells at the Metropole Hotel on the 23rd March from 6-9pm by the Welsh Sports Association regarding how to Pass a Tax Inspection in 2015.  

Whether you are a coach, volunteer, committee member, or administrator, it is important to know what you and your organisation need to do to satisfy the many statutory and legal obligations/requirements a sports organisation/business has to adhere to, particularly when you could potentially be personally liable for any issues arising.

To book on or if you have any queries please contact Nick Green at the Welsh Sports Association on 02920 334974 or by email onnick.geen@welshsports.org.uk.

Charity trustees warned over guidelines

The Charity Commission has been getting much tougher of late and has carried out a number of investigations in relation to financial matters which has led to them urging charities to report failings. It believes serious incidents are under-reported, preventing the Commission from assessing the true scale and nature of risks facing charities and putting some charities and their work at risk where the trustees need assistance to handle them.
Williams noted: “The Commission defines an incident as serious if it risks or results in significant loss of a charity’s money or assets, damage to a charity’s property or harm to a charity’s work, beneficiaries or reputation. The most common types of incidents reported include fraud, theft and safeguarding issues.
If you need assistance contact PAVO - we are here to help

Monday, 23 February 2015

Faith and hope

A very  useful practical guide for Trustees


Friday, 20 February 2015

Charity Commission: latest news

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is inviting trustees, charities and charity advisers to attend its next public meeting on Thursday 26 March 2015 at the Falcon Hotel, Carmarthen.
The focus of the event will be on trustee duties and responsibilities. Attendees will hear from senior staff at the commission and take part in discussions to find out more about good governance, common problems for charities and how to protect your charity.
The meeting will be chaired by William Shawcross, the Chairman of the commission and attendees will hear presentations from senior staff at the commission on:

  • the commission’s key priorities and upcoming challenges with a Q & A from William Shawcross
  • a panel discussion about trustee duties and responsibilities, based on participants’ questions
  • commission’s engagement with trustees when things go wrong – examples from our case work experience
  • group work based on actual examples of the issues facing trustees today and a chance to share problems and solutions
The meeting will be free to attend and will take place from 11am to 3pm, and will include a sandwich lunch. Places will be issued on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to two per organisation initially.
To confirm attendance please emailPublicMeetings@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk



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The Charity Commission has urged larger charities to test their resilience against fraud with the help of a free self-assessment tool.

The 29-question Self-Assessment Fraud Resilience (Safr) Tool, designed by accounting firm PKF Littlejohn, allows charities to establish how well they are protected against fraud. 

click here to access the FREE self-assessment tool

Thursday, 19 February 2015

All about Governance

All about governance !

"It's all about governance." That's the motto of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisation's (Acevo) governance advice service, reflecting the view that nearly all of the challenges encountered by charities have their roots in governance issues.
From financial crises to personnel problems and risk management to strategy-setting, effective governance is central to steering charities through the everyday challenges that they face.

Did you know 
PAVO provides regular training on Governance issues
Will help you look at your organisation and see if its 'fit for purpose'
Will provide support on all governance issues
contact us on 01597 833191 or

More from Sandy !

From Sandy Adirondack’s Legal Update:
Significant changes in how employee ‘benefits in kind’ and expenses will be treated for tax and national insurance start coming in from this April.
From 6th April 2015, employers will be allowed to identify and treat certain low value benefits in kind  given to their employees as trivial. From 6 April 2016, the £8,500 threshold that determines whether employees pay income tax on all of their benefits in kind will be abolished. More at http://www.sandy-a.co.uk/employment.htm#paye-benefits.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Info from Sandy

To legal update mailing list:

Added or updated on the legal update website for voluntary organisations

A couple of quick updates which hopefully won’t affect your organisation....

‘Weekly pay’
Maximum weekly pay for calculating statutory redundancy pay for redundancies taking effect on or after 6 April 2015, and other payments based on this figure, goes up from £464 to £475.

Unfair dismissal
For unfair dismissals taking effect on or after 6 April 2015, the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal is increased from £76,574 to £78,335, or 52 weeks' of the employee's normal pay, whichever is lower. For basic awards, the maximum is increased from £13,920 to £14,250.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Info from Sandy

Added or updated on the legal update website for voluntary organisations

Updated information sheets from Wales Council for Voluntary Action 
Plus what’s happening with the former Volunteering England website.

Rights and responsibilities of volunteers and volunteer involving organisations
The 3R promise and the Call for Action Progress Group report; European Parliament resolution on volunteering and voluntary activity in Europe; European charter on the rights and responsibilities of volunteers.

Volunteers from overseas
New information sheet from Wales Council for Voluntary Action.