A new online voice has been launched to represent the interests of England’s 10,000 village and community halls.
The National Village and Community Halls Network will take over the role from the now closed National Village Halls Forum.
It will enable village and community hall trustees, volunteers and councillors to feed into meetings with MPs, government departments and Consultation responses. The network will focus on four priorities:
* VAT on extensions and alterations and the possibility of a VAT Refund Scheme * How funding might best be sought for capital improvements * Long-term advice and support for volunteers managing buildings * The disproportionate charge for music copyright licenses where music is rarely played
Hall management committees and other organisations and individuals with an interest in village halls are invited to sign up to the network.
They will be able to share good practice and experiences with other like-minded members as well as contributing to the development of appropriate legislation and regulation.