Changing lives through heritage

On 1 February the Heritage Lottery Fund launched Changing Lives, an online campaign designed to share the stories of those for whom involvement in a HLF-funded project has had a life-changing impact.  Join in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ChangingLives or via the HLF's Online Community.

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Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

In the Autumn Statement 2015 the government announced that it would bring forward the review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme that had been planned to commence in April 2016. As Part of this review, HMRC has issued a Call for Evidence to determine whether the scheme is meeting its intended policy Objectives. They…

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Consultation on amendments to the Landfill Communities Fund

Proposals were announced in the Autumn Statement to amend the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), and consultation is open until 3 February.  The LCF is a levy on Landfill Operators (LOs) that provides funds for projects that result in environmental benefits, increased employment and improve the lives of communities living near to landfill sites. Currently, communities are required…

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Consultation on National Planning Policy changes

As reported in Update #315, the Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on proposed changes to National Planning Policy. The deadline for submissions is 22 February and this will form the main business of the Alliance's Spatial Planning Advocacy Group meeting 2 February.  This is not to be confused with the CLG Select Committee Inquiry…

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Survey: Taking stock of rural cultural tourism management

Future for Religious Heritage, the European network for historic places of worship, is reviewing rural cultural tourism management as part of the project Europetour. Religious heritage is an important marker in rural areas and the project has drawn up a short survey to gather opinions from stakeholders. Closing date: 31 January 2016. 

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Historic England guidance on graffiti open for consultation

Historic England is seeking feedback on their latest advice and guidance document 'Recording Historic Graffiti', which is published in draft and available online. The document covers: what is graffiti; assessing significance; recording; what next; and interpretation. A glossary and list of references are also provided. Comments should be provided to Marcus Jecock, Investigator Assessment Team (North).…

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Consultation: is SPECTRUM fit for purpose?

SPECTRUM: the UK Collection Management Standard (4.0) is under review by the Collections Trust to determine whether it continues to meet the needs of museums of all sizes. Consultation will inform the next iteration of the standard (5.0) due for publication in 2017 and input is invited via an online survey. 

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The Heritage Sector needs to respond to CSR

The Heritage Alliance recommends that the independent heritage sector make representations to the Comprehensive Spending Review Process by the HM Treasury deadline of 4th September 2015. According to the guidance on the HM Treasury website, a Spending Review representation can be written from an interest group, individual or representative body to HM Treasury with the…

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Blunting the Axe: The Heritage Alliance needs your evidence

The Heritage Alliance is now working on its representation to the Comprehensive Spending Review to show the risks to our heritage from further public spending cuts. While The Alliance understands cuts to the Department budgets affecting heritage are likely, we need to ensure that heritage isn’t again cut disproportionately compared to other interests. The Heritage…

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