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News roundup - 30 July 2020
More than 30 UK charities affected by Blackbaud cyber attack
The Charity Commission has confirmed that more than 30 UK charities have been affected by the Blackbaud ransomware attack.
The regulator said it had recieved 33 serious incident reports in relation to the attack after data was stolen when hackers targeted the US-based software provider.
Blackbaud is one of the largest providers of fundraising, financial management, and supporter management software to the UK charity sector.
The firm said it had notified affected clients about an incident where a cybercriminal accessed some clients’ data, and that it paid the ransom to ensure that data would not be made publicly available or shared elsewhere.
UK Minister welcomes new lottery limits which ‘mean more money is raised for deserving charities’
Further to legislation passed in March, the charity lottery annual sales limit today increases to £50 million, allowing charity lotteries to raise more for good causes, reduce administration costs and cut bureaucracy.
The new limit replaces the outdated £10 million limit which had been in place since 2005. The change in the law was backed by Parliamentarians across the political spectrum and by many charities across the country.
Charities urged to give views on business rate reform
The terms of reference for a review of business rates had been promised in March and now charities and other organisations are being asked for views on how the system works, issues that need to be addressed and alternative taxation.
Among factors for the review, which will report in autumn, are to reduce the burden on businesses.
Of specific interest to charities is the future of charitable rate relief. Currently 80% is available to properties occupied by charities for charitable purposes.
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