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HMRC introduces Charities Online for faster Gift Aid processing

HMRC is moving Gift Aid online from April 2013. If you claim Gift Aid already, you need to take action to get ready for this change.

For most charities, these changes will require you to use a new HMRC form or spreadsheet to submit your claims. For others, it may require more detailed changes to your database systems.

Submit your topics for Merton Council's Scrutiny Panels

Merton Council’s Scrutiny Panels are after your views on the sorts of issues they should review to make sure that the council and partners respond to local people’s needs and concerns.

Overview and scrutiny is part of the democratic process that enables a constructive dialogue between the public, partners and elected members (councillors) to improve the quality of public services.

Scrutiny ensures that the councillors who make the majority of decisions (the cabinet) are held to account for the decisions that they make and their impact upon the borough and its residents.

Promoting online tools to help voluntary organisations

 Superhighways has been awarded funding to promote Community How To a UK Online initiative which is encouraging voluntary and community organisations to do more with digital.

Find out more about this resource and how your organisation could be using online tools to help you to do more, more easily at www.superhighways.org.uk/projects/community-how-to/

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Windows 8 now available on CTXchange

Charity Technology Trust (CTT) has announced that Windows 8 will be available through CTT’s technology donation programme, CTXchange. Eligible charities and not-for-profit organisations that are registered to the programme will have access to the operating system at a discounted rate.

Qualifying UK organisations can either request a donation of Windows 8, or upgrade to Windows 8 for no additional cost.

There is more information about this offer at the CTT web site.

 

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Internet ready PCs for home users from £99

A new programme offers refurbished laptops and desktop computers and low cost broadband to individuals and charities in a bid to help people get to grips with computers and the internet in an affordable way.

Get Online at Home is an initiative led by Microsoft, and it supports the Go ON UK digital inclusion programme led by Martha Lane Fox.

For more information and details of the computers and internet offers avaialble visit http://www.getonlineathome.org/

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