News and blogs

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

Government sets out cuts to renewable energy subsidies

The Government has confirmed that it is to close the scheme which supports the development of roof-top and solar farm projects of up to five megawatts (MW).

Church Roof Repair Fund deadline is February 26

Churches have until Friday 26 February to apply for the second round of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

The Fund was set up by the Government to enable repair works to be undertaken to the roofs and rainwater goods of listed places of worship. This round has £25 million funding available which will be disbursed in grants of between £10,000 and £100,000.

New guide for managing visitor safety in historic buildings

The Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group (VSCG) has published a new guide on visitor safety designed for people managing historic properties.

Charity Commission warns about mandate fraud

The Charity Commission has warned charities about the risks of “mandate fraud” - when fraudsters impersonate a genuine supplier to gain money.

Updated guidance on independent schools and public beneft

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on how fee-charging educational charities, including charitable independent schools, can demonstrate how they run their charities for the public benefit.

The Commission has always suggested that sharing facilities such as sports fields or theatres is one way for charitable independent schools to fulfil their public benefit duty, by making provision for the poor to benefit.

Lyme Regis Museum gets nearly £800,000 HLF funding

Lyme Regis Musuem is a small local museum run almost entirely by volunteers. The museum is housed in a listed building, there is no lift, and visitors have to use public toilets across the road.

Now the museum has gained  a confirmed grant of £798,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The cash will go towards building a new wing which will feature a new fossil gallery and learning spaces. The project will also provide a lift and visitor toilets. 

Farrer’s briefing on licences vs. leases

Charities which own property which they allow others to occupy need to be very clear about the terms of that occupation. There are crucial distinctions between granting occupation under a license, and granting a lease which infers a range of attributable rights. 

Government to give £1m to arts centre hit by fire during refurb

The government has announced that it is giving Battersea Arts Centre £1million to help the Centre recover form a major fire and continue with planned redevelopment work.

On March 13th a fire at the Centre caused significant damage to the roof and two large formal halls in the building.  Some 80 firefireghters were called out to deal with the blaze. Nobody was injured.