Grace Baptist Trust Corporation

Grace Baptist Trust Corporation

Serving Churches Throughout the United Kingdom

News 2015

Letting a Manse - "Right To Rent"

26 NOVEMBER 2015

From 1st February 2016 (in line with the Immigration Act 2014), churches renting their manses to the public must check the prospective tenant's right to reside in the UK. See our updated Fact Sheet on Letting a Manse for more information.

Church Car Parks - Licences

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Many churches allow the public - including church members - to use their chapel car park free of charge. However, over time users may gain a legal right to do so on a permanent basis. See our Resources page for a Fact Sheet on how to avoid this happening.

Update - Expenses & Benefits

3 NOVEMBER 2015

Visit our Resources page for an up to date Fact Sheet on Expenses and Benefits. It covers the current National Minimum Wage rates, as well as links to useful related guidance published by HMRC.

Landlord Obligations: Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms - New Regulations

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

New regulations concerning the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will come into force on 1st October 2015. These will affect anyone who rents out private property, including churches, regardless of whether their pastor occupies the manse rent-free. See our Fact Sheet for more details. In addition, a useful Q&A booklet has been produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

The Construction (Design &Management) Regulations 2015

14 AUGUST 2015

Churches embarking on or considering building projects should be aware that The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations have been updated. We have produced a Fact Sheet outlining the changes. See our Resources page for more details.

Listed Buildings - Legal Obligations 

14 AUGUST 2015

Looking after a listed church building is not simply a matter of maintenance. There are various "do's and don'ts" and we have produced a Fact Sheet which we hope will clarify the subject. Visit our Resources page for details.

VAT Reliefs Available to Churches

16 JULY 2015

The subject of VAT Reliefs is complex so we have produced a Fact Sheet covering the various areas in which churches can claim these reliefs, such as advertising, disability aids, and building projects. See our Resources page for more information.

Ways We Can Help - The Pastors' Fund

23 JUNE 2015

The Pastors' Fund pays grants to Strict Baptist pastors who are in financial need - whether they are currently in a pastorate or retired. See our 'Ways We can Help' page for further information.

Workplace Pensions

4 JUNE 2015

We have produced a Fact Sheet explaining the new regulations concerning workplace pensions. See our Resources page for more details.

Fire Safety -Updated Fact Sheet

16 APRIL 2015

See our Resources page for an updated Fact Sheet on Fire Safety.

Churches Helped - 2014

13 APRIL 2015

Our Churches Helped page has been updated to include some of the churches we were privileged to assist during 2014.

Annual Accounts: 2014

23 MARCH 2015

Our Annual Accounts for 2014 are available to view here.

The Church, the Internet and Copyright

13 MARCH 2015

See Resources for an updated Fact Sheet on the Church, the Internet and Copyright (previously titled 'Copyright & Websites'). This Fact sheet includes practical advice, links to useful websites on the matter, as well as websites offering free photographic images to the general public.

Update: Expenses and Benefits

12 MARCH 2015

Visit our Resources page for an up to date Fact Sheet on Expenses and Benefits. It includes the current National Wage Minimum rates, as well as links to useful guidance booklets from HMRC.

Copyright & Music: Updated Fact Sheet

19 FEBRUARY 2015

See our Resources page for a recently updated Fact Sheet on Copyright & Music relating to churches.

Data Protection Act 1998: Fact Sheet Updated

6 FEBRUARY 2015

We have updated our Fact Sheet on the Data Protection Act 1998 - see our Resources page.

Annual Meeting & Thanksgiving Service 2015

Click here for details of our 2015 Annual Meeting & Thanksgiving service.

Health & Safety - Updated Fact Sheet

29 JANUARY 2015

We have updated our Fact Sheet on Health & Safety - visit our Resources page for details.

Food Safety - Updated Fact Sheet

29 JANUARY 2015

Our Fact sheet on Food Safety has been revised to bring it up to date with government regulations - visit our Resources page for details.