Tagged with: Celebrity Events Individual giving WWF 234 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 233 total views, 1 views today Wear it Wild raises funds to protect some of the world’s most endangered species and their habitats.The campaign invites the public to make a stand for nature by dressing as wild as they dare – whether sporting animal-print socks at work, leopard leotards on the school run, or go all out in a wild onesie to help raise vital awareness and funds to protect precious species. Sky presenter Sarah-Jane Mee has taken part in a photoshoot of hand art to promote today’s Wear it Wild Day, WWF’s annual flagship fundraising campaign.Mee is depicted as a tiger.Really love those tiger… handsShe said:“Since 1970, wildlife populations have fallen by half, and sadly many beautiful species could become extinct within our lifetimes. I’m supporting WWF’s Wear It Wild and their vital conservation work to help preserve these beautiful species for future generations.”The striking image follows WWF UK’s recent #GiveAHandToWildlife photo gallery. In the same week WWF published a new study which reported that millions of us are still unaware of how many of the world’s most loved animals are vulnerable, endangered or even critically endangered. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Animal hand art photos promote WWF’s Wear it Wild Day Howard Lake | 27 May 2016 | News
Melanie May | 7 November 2018 | News The proposed changes to probate fees announced this week could cost charities £10 million in reduced income, the Institute of Legacy Management has said.On 5 November, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice Lucy Frazer lay before Parliament new legislation to implement a new, banded structure of fees instead of the current flat fee. Under the proposal fees have been revised to rise to up to 0.5% of the value of the estate. The estate value threshold would rise from £5,000 to £50,000, while for those who do pay, Frazer said that around 80% of estates will pay £750 or less, and all income raised will be spent on running the courts and tribunal service.She also stated:“This new banded fee model represents a fair and more progressive way to pay for probate services compared to the current flat fee and reflects our commitment to protecting access to justice by ensuring we have a properly funded and resourced courts system. We are also confident these fees will never be unaffordable. The cost of the fee is recoverable from the estate and executors have several options to fund it.”However, the announcement was met with concern by the Institute of Legacy Management and Remember A Charity among others, who believe the changes could impact heavily on charities by reducing the income they receive from legacies. Matthew Lagden, CEO of the Institute of Legacy Management commented: Advertisement Proposed changes to probate fees could cost charities millions Tagged with: Finance legacies 180 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 “The Institute of Legacy Management is deeply concerned by the proposed rise in Probate fees from a flat rate of £215 (£155 if the grant is obtained by a solicitor) to a maximum of £6,000. We welcome the drive to improve the operation of the Court Service and understand the need to balance the interests of taxpayers and Court Service users.“However, the new fees would significantly reduce income for charities reliant on legacy gifts, to the tune of £10 million a year, at a time when many charities are struggling to meet increasing demand for their services.“The Government’s own impact assessment acknowledges that the current fees cover the average costs of making a grant of probate, so we are clear that this is a stealth tax, which will be borne in part by charities.He also asked that consideration be given to introducing a rebate or exemption from the increased fees for charitable estates, which he said would cost the Government relatively little, and would improve the attractiveness of this form of giving.Director of Remember A Charity, Rob Cope, also commented, saying:“The new probate structure will see charitable wills costing – in some cases – thousands of pounds more than they do currently and our concern is that this could deter people from leaving a donation in their will.“While Government expects to generate £185 million from the increased charges by 2022-2023, it is important to remember that charitable bequests are worth almost £3 billion a year for good causes. The sector cannot afford to risk losing legacy income.“We will be urging Government to offer a reduction in probate fees for estates that include a charitable gift, helping to mitigate the impact of the fee increase.” 179 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.