The EU has launched a “Review of VAT treatment of public bodies and exemptions in the public interest”, which contains 4 options with significant implications for village halls and other charities as well as public authorities, including Parish Councils.The importance for village halls/community buildings is:
danger of loss of 0% VAT on construction of new halls, which would cost from £40K to £200K per project (Option 1 – full taxation).
danger of loss of ability for Parish Councils to reclaim VAT under S33, on gifts of work or equipment made in lieu of grant aid, and exemptions. (Option 1).
Introduction of a VAT refund system, similar to that for Parish Councils (Option 2). This could potentially enable refunds on extension and alteration work to village halls and other supplies.
The cost of VAT has been one of the biggest, most intractable problems affecting halls. A VAT refund system could save a huge amount of the time and effort for volunteers, and millions wasted in fundraising and grant funding required to pay VAT.
The consultation can be found here. Alternatively if your hall has paid unreclaimable VAT in recent years, benefited from 0% VAT, or could be threatened by withdrawal of 0% VAT, on construction of a new hall, or has benefited from your parish council reclaiming VAT on work or equipment provided for the hall please let us know, explaining the amount and the effect on your community and we will forward to ACRE to include in their response to the consultation.
The closing date is 14th February 2014 and it is recommended that local authorities and MP’s are asked to urge the Treasury to strongly support Option 2 and reject Option 1.
Posted by Community Development Team, Community Impact Bucks.
PRS for Music and PPL are membership organisations that help other organisations (i.e. Village Halls) to get the legal permission they need to play copyright music. In January 2012, both PRS for Music and PPL introduced joint licensing for community buildings run by voluntary organisations. In response to the feedback received, they have commissioned a survey in order to see if the current tariff is representative of the usage of music within community buildings, and therefore ensure that their tariffs are fair and simple for licensees.
Your responses will be kept completely confidential, and your details will not be passed on to anyone else. The findings of the survey will be used to help PRS for Music and PPL deliver a service that best suits your needs.
If you have more than one community building premise, please choose the one that you feel best represents the premises you manage.
The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Please note the survey closes on 4 October 2013. If you would like more information about this survey, just call the PRS for Music customer service centre on 0845 309 3090. Lines are open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If you are interested in knowing more about how renewable home energy could benefit you in the future, a number of free, no obligation, drop in sessions are being held at the following locations to help you make an informed decision.
Brill Memorial Hall on September 9th Buckingham Community Centre on September 10th Hambleden Village Hall on September 11th
All drop-in events are from 5pm to 8pm with a presentation starting at 6.30pm.
The sessions are being held by Community Impact Bucks, with representatives from British Gas attending to answer any questions local residents, who are not on a mains gas supply, might have.
Information about our bulk oil buying scheme will also be available.
If you would like to register your interest please log on to our website
Posted by Community Development Team, Community Impact Bucks