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Updates from the Charity Commission

By Stephen Mathews | 30 September 2019


The Charity Commission continues to publish inquiry reports where it has investigated weaknesses in charities. Here we highlight just two. The first deals with apparent failures in accountability and financial administration; the second has similar themes also incorporating significant payments in cash and payments made to trustees.


Important Updates From The Charity Commission - June 2019

By Alan Hough | 17 June 2019

The Charity Commission have recently published two key updates, which churches and charities need to be aware of. Alan Hough unpacks the guidance. 


Change again? The 2018 Annual Return

By Alan Hough | 9 January 2018

Seemingly in every aspect of charity governance, regulators are looking for greater professionalism and demanding more information. Following proposals by the Charity Commission towards the end of 2017 it appears that the charity annual return for 2018 (AR18) is no different.  The return, which will apply to charities with an accounting period starting on or after 1 January 2018, will build on the current return delving deeper into a number of areas.


Churches Exception from Registration - extended to 31 March 2014

By Kevin Russell | 28 November 2012

Readers of this blog will know that some, but not all, churches must register as a charity with the relevant charity regulator (the Charity Commission in England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in Scotland, and shortly, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland).


reporting public benefit

By Kevin Russell | 24 August 2011

Last month the Charity Commission reported that new independent research commissioned by them has found that charities need to do more to describe how people benefit from their work. Many charities are missing out on the opportunity to explain, through their reporting on public benefit, how their work has a positive impact on their beneficiaries.