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Financial controls in churches and small charities

A good control framework allows a church or charity to function effectively, unhindered and operating on the right side of the increasing weight of regulation; it is not intended to be a straight-jacket. This paper looks at the controls most relevant to churches and small charities.

Topics covered:

  • Controls covering church income;
  • Controls and the recovery of Gift Aid;
  • Controls over church expenditure;
  • Controls and the payment of gifts or honoraria in churches;
  • Controls over restricted funds;
  • Controls and the role of trustees;
  • Financial controls and the use of budgets in churches;
  • Using reserves as a financial control;
  • Financial controls and bank accounts;
  • Controls over fixed assets;
  • Controls over investments;
  • The importance of 'team' as a financial control.


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