This is all appalling as I read the circumstances. The council should have stopped the development by way of a stop notice or an enforcement notice until a professional team could be found. An amateur group doing such work simply means that a big company has got away with a breach of planning law.
Suggested day UKP0 (zero) for voluntary watching briefs.
If you ask for a donation based upon day rates you are actually charging and acting as a professional organisation and yes this is a vatable charge (but you may be under the threshold).
The current edition of the Field Archaeologist gives a day rate for specialists which you could use.
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From: Jeff Morris <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, 23 March, 2007 9:51:22 AM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Watching Brief Day Rate
Would anyone be prepared (off list) to provide some rough figures of what a
non-profit making organisation should be asking as a donation (based upon
daily rates) for undertaking watching briefs?
I have no wish to open up the old Voluntary V's Professional debate on this
one. We each have our part to play in the overall scheme of things, but
sometimes unfortunately the lines can become blurred.
Background is, we were asked by the District Council at the 11th hour last
year to carry out a watching brief to enable a national house builder to
comply with planning conditions, which we did. We did this on the agreement
that a suitable donation would be paid, I am now chasing up this donation. I
want to ensure that in future that developers in our area do not see us as a
cheap substitute for commercial archaeological organisations, by asking for
a donation that would in this instance reflect commercial archaeological
This event seems to have been exceptional, work was already underway and had
we not stepped in as we did the archaeological record on the site would have
been completely lost.