Churches that set themselves up as charities are entitled to certain tax reliefs, reduced business rates and can claim gift aid. Being a registered charity also, of course, holds certain kudos and attracts donations. Many charities are choosing to register themselves as Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).
Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors was delighted to support a new Eastbourne initiative to assist people with dementia and their families: the Eastbourne Dementia Cafe.
From April 2018, the government will have the power to ban landlords convicted of certain criminal offences from letting property. In addition, new, stricter Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regulations will take effect.