IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE LISTED PLACES OF WORSHIP GRANT SCHEME The Government recently announced changes to the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme, these changes came into effect on 1 October 2013. From this date, works to pipe organs, turret clocks, bells and bell ropes are eligible for claims under the scheme. Professional services directly related to eligible building work are also eligible. Also applications to make use of the scheme are accepted from religious or charitable groups whose principal or primary purpose is to conserve, repair and maintain redundant listed places of worship that are not in private ownership.
ACAT TRUSTEE GREYHAM DAWES ON PREMIER RADIO On 13th July 2014 Premier Radio’s Leadership File featured ACAT Trustee Greyham Dawes and others discussing what every church leader needs to know about their Churches Finances. You can listen again to this broadcast by pressing the Play button to the right.
ACAT PROMOTIONAL VIDEO This film introduces the work of the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers together with some of the dedicated people responsible for making our ministry to the Churches in the UK possible.
ACAT RESPONSES TO CONSULTATION PAPERS. We seek to represent our members by representing churches when Government asks for responses to its proposed changes ion Legislation. We do this by representation on certain HMRC Committees - e.g., the working group that has been looking at simplifying Gif Aid Declarations, and by responding in detail to proposals to change the law or Charity Commission practice.
So that members can refer to our work, we are now devoting a section to our Website to publish our responses.
THE LISTED PLACES OF WORSHIP: ROOF REPAIR FUND’S programme is now open for a second round of funding, with a budget of £25million to be awarded in 2016. This government-sponsored fund was set up to help make the UK’s listed places of worship weathertight, safe and open for use. The closing dates for applications will be Friday 26 February at 12 noon.
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THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND’S NATIONAL tax team has produced a comprehensive guide to completing FATCA self-certification forms to help with completing the forms and which we hope those of you who have received these letters will find helpful in completing them.
With grateful thanks to Robert Carroll of the C of E tax team. [Source: Parish Resources – 3 December 2015]
ACAT’S DEVELOPMENT OFFICER ROBERT SCOTT-BIGGS HAS WRITTEN A NEW BOOKLET. This "Introductory Guide for New Church Treasurers" was written to provide an introduction to the role of church treasurer and to give some insight into those aspects of church financial management with which he/she will need to be involved.. ACAT members can read it online or download and print it by logging into the Members Area. If you are not a member but would like access to this and our other useful resources
PARTNERS IN MINISTRY SUPPORT The idea behind Partners in Ministry Support is a simple one. Several organisations who have been involved in various ways with ACAT over the years and whose underlying purpose is to support and serve the administration of the Church, have decided to collaborate more closely in making treasurers and administrators aware of their services.. Once every three months a newsletter will be available. We hope that this is the first of many such newsletters and that you find it helpful and informative.
GDPR SEMINAR FILMED ON ON-LINE FREE FOR ACAT MEMBERS due to overwhelming demand, ACAT have filmed the teaching sessions from the GDPR seminar we presented in Durham. These were presented by experts from Stone King our longstanding partner in ministry. These films are now available for our members to view free of charge. If you are not an ACAT member yet but would like to access this teaching resource and many others, why not join us?