Standards of Almshouse Management


Chapter 8 – Funding a Project

…see the National Lottery Heritage Fund website at www.heritagefund.org.uk or email: enquire@hlf.org.uk , telephone: 020 7592 6042/44, fax: 020 7591 6271 or write to the The National Lottery Heritage Fund,…

Chapter 8 - Funding a Project

…on grant making see the National Lottery Heritage Fund website atwww.heritagefund.org.uk or email: enquire@hlf.org.uk , telephone: 020 7592 6042/44, fax: 020 7591 6271 or write to the National Lottery Heritage…

Chapter 7 – Land and Buildings

…insurance cover. The consultants should be able to advise on the appropriate selection of contractors. These should be registered with Constructionline, an online register for pre-qualified contractors. See www.constructionline.co.uk Projects…

Chapter 7 - Land and Buildings

…insurance cover. The consultants should be able to advise on the appropriate selection of contractors. These should be registered with Constructionline, an online register for pre-qualified contractors. See www.constructionline.co.uk Projects…

Chapter 6 – Residents

…organisations such as Age UK have helpful online calculators for assessing entitlement to benefits and Age UK and Citizens Advice often employ benefits advisors who may be able to help…

Chapter 6 - Residents

…as Age UK have helpful online calculators for assessing entitlement to benefits and Age UK and Citizens Advice often employ benefits advisors who may be able to help residents. Helpful…

Chapter 5 – Financial Management

5.0 Financial Management   Last updated Jan 18 5.1 Financial Management – Introduction   Last updated Jan 18 The aim of this chapter is to provide a general overview of…

Chapter 5 - Financial Management

…for charities, although this may be costly. A demonstration should be requested to ensure suitability. Trustees may also consider online accounting. Many accounting software providers now have online versions available….

Chapter 4 – Health and Safety

…Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), www.eca.co.uk or the Contractors Association of Scotland (SELECT), www.select.org.uk or the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), www.niceic.com. A dated electrical installation condition report…

Chapter 4 - Health and Safety

…following may be useful for reference and further advice: Health and Safety Executive hse.gov.uk The Charity Commission:charitycommission.gov.uk The Institute of Risk Management (IRM):theirm.org Croner Solutions:cronersolutions.co.uk     Reviewed January 2018…

Chapter 3 – Staff

…that any new recruit has the right to work in the UK. For further information see: https://www.gov.uk/view-right-to-work 3.9 Contracts of employment (where housing is provided) When accommodation is provided as…

Chapter 3 - Staff

…ensure that any new recruit has the right to work in the UK. For further information see: https://www.gov.uk/view-right-to-work   3.9 Contracts of employment (where housing is provided) When accommodation is…

Chapter 2 – Administration

…local community centre or library. Guidance should be given to residents about the risk of online fraud, especially if they are using their devices for online shopping and banking. Personal…

Chapter 2 - Administration

…on Finding New Trustees, The Essential Trustee and Hallmarks of an Effective Charity: www.charitycommission.gov.uk The following are available from Companies House: www.companieshouse.gov.uk and www.legislation.gov.uk. Charities Act 2011 Companies Act 2006…

Chapter 1 – Governance

…of learning – keeping up to date with developments; accepting and learning from mistakes, improving performance and informing future direction. Managing assets and resources – to gain the best outcome…

Chapter 1 - Governance

…from the Charity Commission website (Guidance Notes CC 15b and 15d). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charity-reporting-and-accounting-the-essentials-cc15b and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charity-reporting-and-accounting-the-essentials-november-2016-cc15d 1.8.2 Annual accounts – Accruals Accounts and Receipts and Payments Accounts Receipts and payments This is…

8.3 Public Funding

…participating charity. Further details can be obtained from The Almshouse Association’s website: www.almshouses.org or from ACL’s administrator, Susan Holden: acltabitha@gmail.com 8.3.3 Grants are mainly for new build projects, but almshouses…

7.26 Security

…via their website. The contact details, including websites, of all police forces in the UK can be found at www.police.uk. 7.26.1 Secured by Design Further advice for the early integration…

7.3 The Almshouse Association Panel of Consultants

…selection of contractors. These should be registered with Constructionline, an online register for pre-qualified contractors. See www.constructionline.co.uk Projects should be carried out with a formal contract in place between the…

6.6 Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance

…advice about entitlement to benefits and how to apply. National voluntary organisations such as Age UK have helpful online calculators for assessing entitlement to benefits and Age UK and Citizens…

6.1 Status and qualifications

…for Almshouses In order to be eligible as a beneficiary of the charity, the applicant should not be able to afford to buy or rent an equivalent sized dwelling in…

5.45 Fundraising

…see the Charity Commission guidance on fundraising at Charity Fundraising: A Guide to Trustee Duties https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charities-and-fundraising-cc20 and also refer to The Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice 2016 at https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/code-of-fundraising-practice/code-of-fundraising-practice-v1-4-310717-docx/…

5.42 Value Added Tax

…VAT Buildings and Construction Notice708: buildings and construction www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-708-buildings-and-construction published 13 August 2014 and Energy Saving Materials 708/6 July 2014: www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-7086-energy-saving-materials and VAT Notice 701/7: VAT reliefs for disabled and…

5.8 Cashbook – receipts and payments

…statements should be filed to support both entries. A computerised or online accounting package simplifies the application of double-entry book-keeping. Analysing, balancing and cross-referencing are greatly facilitated. It should be…

5.7 Computerised accounting

…Trustees may also consider online accounting. Many accounting software providers now have online versions available. Software packages are usually obtained with subscription that includes regular updates. Trustees need to consider…

4.25 Recording and reporting of accidents

…out on the website of the Health and Safety Executive website: www.hse.gov.uk/riddor Telephone: All incidents should be reported online but a telephone service remains for reporting fatal and specified injuries…

4.17 Asbestos

…found at www.commodious.co.uk and www.ukasl.co.uk/ecs/account/register/75578278D1AA335A77DOAA0554 Some e-training courses are offered at discounted rates to charities, and the different websites available on the subject should be checked for cost comparisons. Asbestos…

4.15 Water

…details on all aspects of risk assessment control. Further information about the ACOP may be found at www.hse.gov.uk Anyone, including trustees of a charity, who control premises that have a…

4.14 Electricity

…www.select.org.uk or the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), www.niceic.com. A dated electrical installation condition report should be obtained after the inspection. Should any further investigative or remedial…

3.26 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

…not become a regular role. There is an online tool which will allow a charity to check whether a staff role would be eligible for a DBS check at: https://www.gov.uk/find-out-dbs-check/…

2.16 Websites

…for residency details of the almshouse accommodation any services provided how to apply (possibly online application form) closing date contact details. © 2020. This document is copyright of the Almshouse…

2.2 Information technology

…centre or library. Guidance should be given to residents about the risk of online fraud, especially if they are using their devices for online shopping and banking. Personal computers are…

1.8 Financial management

…be obtained from the Charity Commission website (Guidance Notes CC 15b and 15d). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charity-reporting-and-accounting-the-essentials-cc15b and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charity-reporting-and-accounting-the-essentials-november-2016-cc15d 1.8.2 Annual accounts – Accruals Accounts and Receipts and Payments Accounts Receipts and payments…


Support and Care


Chapter 8 – Benefits and Grants

…Information: Age UK: www.ageuk.org.uk Armed Forces Pensions: www.mod.uk/spva Benefits Agency: www.gov.uk Bereavement Service: www.gov.uk/funeral-payments Citizens Advice Bureau: www.citizensadvice.org.uk Concessionary Licensing Centre: www.tvlicensing.co.uk Crisis Loans: www.gov.uk/crisis-loans Department for Work and Pensions:…

Chapter 8 - Benefits and Grants

…Concessionary Licensing Centre: www.tvlicensing.co.uk Crisis Loans: www.gov.uk/crisis-loans Department for Work and Pensions: www.dwp.gov.uk Disability and Carers Benefits Advice: www.gov.uk/disabilities Future Pensions Centre: www.gov.uk National Express Coaches: www.nationalexpress.com The Pension Service:…

Chapter 6 – Staff and Volunteers’ Matters

…Criminal Records Bureau – www.homeoffice.gov.uk Croner Solutions – www.cronersolutions.co.uk Cruse Bereavement Care – www.cruse.org.uk Employment Buddy – www.employmentbuddy.com Mangar International – www.mangar.co.uk National Back Pain Association – www.backcare.org.uk Royal College…

Chapter 6 - Staff and Volunteers’ Matters

…www.cronersolutions.co.uk Cruse Bereavement Care – www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk Employment Buddy – www.employmentbuddy.com Mangar International – www.mangar.co.uk National Back Pain Association – www.backcare.org.uk Royal College of Nursing – www.rcn.org.uk Xpert HR – www.xperthr.co.uk…

Chapter 4 – Health Care and Health Promotion

…do/admiral-nursing Advice about types of equipment: www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk Age Cymru: www.agecymru.org.uk Age Scotland: www.agescotland.org.uk ASH: www.ash.org.uk British Geriatrics Society: www.bgs.org.uk British Heart Foundation: www.bhf.org.uk Care Quality Commission: www.cqc.org.uk Carer’s Direct: www.nhs.uk/Carersdirect…

Chapter 4 - Health Care and Health Promotion

…Age Cymru: www.agecymru.org.uk Age Scotland: www.agescotland.org.uk ASH: www.ash.org.uk British Geriatrics Society: www.bgs.org.uk British Heart Foundation: www.bhf.org.uk Care Quality Commission: www.cqc.org.uk Carer’s Direct: www.nhs.uk/Carersdirect Citizen’s Advice Bureau: www.adviceguide.org.uk Dementia UK: www.dementiauk.org…

Chapter 2 – Support provided by the Charity

…Safety Executive: www.hse.gov.uk Information Commissioner’s Office: www.ico.gov.uk Age UK: www.ageuk.org.uk Citizens Advice Bureau: www.citizensadvice.org.uk Cinnamon Trust: www.cinnamon.org.uk The Home Office: www.homeoffice.gov.uk © 2013. This document is copyright of the Almshouse…

Chapter 2 - Support Provided by the Charity

…term. For Further Information: Charity Commission: www.charity-commission.gov.uk Health and Safety Executive: www.hse.gov.uk Information Commissioner’s Office: www.ico.gov.uk Age UK: www.ageuk.org.uk Citizens Advice Bureau: www.citizensadvice.org.uk Cinnamon Trust: www.cinnamon.org.uk The Home Office: www.homeoffice.gov.uk…

Chapter 1 - Introduction

1.0 Introduction 1.1 Aim and Scope This manual is designed to provide guidance in supporting residents to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Although it…

Chapter 1 - Introduction

…Facts and Figures The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published figures for the UK population in October 2012 as follows: Over 12 million people are of state pension age (Oct…

Appendix C - Contract of Employment

Download Document   Charities are strongly advised to seek professional advice in the preparation and issuing of contracts. Useful contacts are: Croner Solutions – www.cronersolutions.co.uk / Employment Buddy – www.employmentbuddy.com…

Appendix B - Contact Details

…5025 www.dh.gov.uk   Diabetes UK Diabetes UK Central Office, Macleod House, 10 Parkway, London NW1 7AA Tel: 020 7424 1000 www.diabetes.org.uk Support and information for people with diabetes and their…

8.17  Travel Concessions

…www.gov.uk Bereavement Service: www.gov.uk/funeral-payments Citizens Advice Bureau: www.citizensadvice.org.uk Concessionary Licensing Centre: www.tvlicensing.co.uk Crisis Loans: www.gov.uk/crisis-loans Department for Work and Pensions: www.dwp.gov.uk Disability and Carers Benefits Advice: www.gov.uk/dla-disabilitiy-living-allowance and www.gov.uk/carers-allowance Future…

8.9 Attendance Allowance

…to use the allowance to buy care – the money can be spent on anything. There are two levels of allowance dependent on the degree of disability: (Lower rate £51.85…

8.2 Universal Credit

…and on a low income, as well as to those who are out of work Most people will apply online and manage their claim through an online account Universal Credit…