BWB Legal corner

The Heritage Alliance’s legal partner Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB), the UK’s leading law firm for charities and social enterprises, writes a regular ‘legal corner’ for Heritage Update: Are you meeting your safeguarding obligations? After a series of high-profile incidents in the public and charity sectors, and moves from Government to widen the scope of what…

Treasury Committee VAT inquiry: Heritage Alliance Response

The Heritage Alliance has responded to the Treasury Committee’s VAT  inquiry setting out our concerns over the impact of VAT policy on the UK’s built heritage and suggesting how this could be mitigated. The Alliance has, among other things, previously responded to the Office of Tax Simplification’s call for evidence on this issue and has responded to the EU’s consultation on VAT…

Could you be Chair of The Heritage Alliance?

The Heritage Alliance is looking for a new Chair, to be appointed at its Heritage Day and Annual General Meeting in December 2018. The Chair will be responsible for overseeing the work of the charity, and for convening meetings of the board of trustees. They will be a dynamic ambassador for the independent heritage sector,…

Heritage Alliance response to health and harmony consultation

The Alliance has responded to DEFRA’s Health and Harmony consultation on the future of Government support for the farming sector after we leave the European Union. We argue that this provides an opportunity to better fund the protection of rural heritage than previously. The Alliance published a paper on next steps for the 25 Year Environment Plan which welcomes…

#HeritageChat – ‘What’s over the digital horizon for heritage?’

April’s #HeritageChat was held on a digital theme. It explored the same question that was used for the Heritage 2020 Foresight workshop in March, ‘What’s over the digital horizon for heritage?’. Heritage Chatters discussed how digital technology can be used to stimulate engagement with new audiences and better understand audience needs, how the sector can…

Heritage Alliance Q&A with the shadow Heritage Minister

Last week 30 Heritage Alliance members put their questions to Kevin Brennan MP, Shadow Minister for Arts and Heritage in a very lively and engaging session. We learned of Mr Brennan’s deep seated interest in heritage as a former history teacher and his work, while a local councillor, on the restoration of Cardiff Castle. Mr…

Solid wall insulation – consultation response

The Alliance submitted a short online response to the Government’s consultation on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), a programme to deliver energy efficiency measures in homes. The consultation proposes, among other things, setting targets for insulating buildings of solid wall construction – the majority of which will be heritage buildings. Among other things the Heritage…

Heritage Alliance paper on rural heritage and the 25 year environment plan

The Alliance has published a paper on next steps for the 25 Year Environment Plan which welcomes the fact that, for the first time, the plan approaches the natural and historic environments on an equal footing. In theory heritage is a funding priority, but in practice it is deprioritised because it is not covered by EU Directives. …

First meeting of the Heritage Council – Michael Ellis statement

DCMS has asked us to share the statement below from Heritage Minister, Michael Ellis MP, on the Heritage Council which met for the first time today: ‘Last December DCMS published the government’s strategy for heritage and the historic environment, set out in the Heritage Statement. This also committed to establish a Heritage Council to ensure…