The Sun Celebrate its 50th Anniversary by launching a £1 million fund for charities

The Sun has announced they would like to give grants of up to £1 million
Sun Readers Fund over the next 12 months to small local charities.

They want you to tell them about the small, local charities you support and nominate them for a donation of between £2,000 and £20,000.

The charity you choose could need the funds to buy a wheelchair for disabled youngsters or you know an old folks’ club that could do with a mini bus.

Perhaps a small organisation that supports veterans or the homeless could do with a badly-needed injection of cash to complete a vital project.

To find out more, please visit The Sun website here.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fraud by the Fraud Forum

Frequently Asked Questions about Fraud

Q – I think I have been a victim of fraud what should I do

A –  If you think there has been fraud on your card or bank account – or if you suspect anyone has attempted to compromise your financial details – report it immediately to your bank or financial services provider and then contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at:

Q – Who are Action Fraud?

A – Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, and takes crime and information reports on behalf of the police and gives advice and fraud prevention guidance.

Action Fraud does not have investigation powers, however, the reports taken by Action Fraud are sent to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) which is run by the City of London Police, the national lead force for fraud.

The NFIB collates and analyses intelligence on fraud, identifying viable lines of enquiry and developing packages for submitting to a police force for investigation.

Q – What happens to my report once has it been made to Action Fraud?

A – After a report has been made to Action Fraud, it will be sent for assessment by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). The NFIB’s systems assess reports of fraud and cybercrime from across the UK, helping to build a national picture of where fraud and cybercrime is taking place and how. Experts review the data from these reports to decide whether there is enough information to send to a police force for investigation.

Q – My bank has telephoned me and said there is a problem with my account?

A – The key thing is to take time to think before you act if you’re asked for your personal or financial details, or to transfer money. Put the telephone down, then contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you trust, such as the one listed on their website or on the back of your payment card. There are also some other simple steps you can take to protect yourself from financial fraud, like having up-to-date software and only shopping on secure websites.

Q – I have received an email from HMRC stating that I am due a refund

A – HMRC do not contact customers by email and tell them they are due a refund. The email may look genuine and even contain the correct HMRC telephone number. Do not click any links as this will give your personal information to fraudsters. Delete the email.

Q – I have received an email from HMRC, The Police, The courts stating that I owe money and must pay by I-Tunes Vouchers

A – You will not be contacted by any of these organisations and told that you need to pay a fine by I Tunes vouchers. This is a scam. Delete the email and do not worry about it.

Q – I have been in a relationship with someone on line for a few months now. They work abroad and need my financial assistance, what should I do?

A – This is a Fraud. The relationship may appear genuine but criminals forge relationships with people to make a financial gain for themselves. Follow this link to get more information on romance fraud and some tips on how to date safely online Get safe online:

Q – Someone wants to use my account to move money from their account to someone else’s bank account

A – Be very careful about entering into this sort of behaviour as you may be laundering money for criminals which could see you jailed for up to 14 years

Q – Where can I go to get more advice on how to protect myself against Fraudsters?

A – Friends Against Scams Training:

Little Book of Big Scams (comprehensive guides to preventing fraud):

Take Five Financial Authority Campaign Page to tackle Scams:

Q – I have been the victim of fraud am I going to get my money back?

Bank customers tricked into transferring cash to fraudsters now have more protection and are more likely to get a refund, after most major banks signed up to a new voluntary code. 

The voluntary code of practice for authorised push payment (APP) scams states that victims should be reimbursed unless they ignored their bank’s warnings about the scam or were “grossly negligent” in transferring the money. APP scams occur when someone transfers money from their own bank account to one belonging to a criminal. The lost money is then transferred to numerous other accounts, often abroad

Q – Someone has knocked on my door and told me that I need work doing to my property?

It is always advisable to get at least two quotes if you need building work doing. There are a number of websites that you can use to find a registered and approved tradesman. 

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Election Special

Issued by the Charity Commission to all registered charities but useful to all

Election special

Now that the election has been confirmed for 12 December 2019, we are issuing a reminder to all charities of their particular responsibilities in the weeks ahead.

The Commission is aware that the political context for this election is very different from that which people may have experienced in the past, which makes it all the more important that trustees read both our guidance on campaigning and political activity and the particular guidance that applies during an election (PDF, 606KB). We’ve also published lessons learned during the last election in 2017.

It is legitimate and healthy for charities to speak up for the causes they serve. But appearing to take a political position on either side could risk undermining public confidence in charity as something special, an issue which our chief executive made clear in her recent blog.

As well as your responsibilities under charity law, you need to be aware of the rules on what is called ‘third party campaigning’ under electoral law, which may affect your charity. The Electoral Commission has worked closely with charities to produce ‘Non-party campaigners: where to start’, using real-life case studies to provide advice to charity campaigners.

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Prevent E-Learning Training

This is the entry level training course which will help you to identify signs of radicalisation and understand how to report concerns appropriately.

It offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

It’s been refreshed to include the recommendations from the Parsons Green review, updated information following the change in threat and attacks of 2017, and new case studies.

To find out more, click here.

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NHS England webinars

NHS England have a variety of different webinars coming up this year including:

  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector partnerships in Integrated Care Systems
  • Primary Care Networks: Introduction & How to Get Involved (Webinar for VCSE Organisations)
  • An update on Volunteering for the VCSE sector
  • Introduction to Impact Framework

To find out more, please visit the NHS England website here.

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Resources for No-Deal Brexit Planning

Are you worried about the effects of a no-deal Brexit on your organisation? Have you thought about this yet?

There is no doubt that we live in difficult and uncertain times. Across the country, communities are facing huge challenges and community organisations are often at the heart of trying to solve these problems. A no-deal Brexit is likely to bring challenges for all businesses and community organisations will be no different. You have a unique set of challenges to face and Locality has produced a package of services to help you think about the implications and risks of a no-deal Brexit and how to mitigate these.

To find out more, please visit the Locality website here.

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