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Jaimie King
3rd November 2021 Trustees’ Week – How to become a trustee

  Many people decide to become a trustee to be able to give back to their communities. It is an exciting opportunity to benefit society and make a difference.   Trustees give their time, skills and experience to a good cause, but they can also learn new and useful skills in their role too.  …

Megan Turner
2nd November 2021 Trustees’ Week – What is a trustee?

  Charity law (the Charities Act 2011) describes charity trustees as ‘the persons having the general control and management of the administration of a charity’.   All properly appointed members of a charity are trustees in law, regardless of the title they have received. All trustees share equal responsibility for the charity and must always…

Megan Turner
1st November 2021 Trustees’ Week – 1st to 5th November 2021

This week is Trustees’ Week, an annual event to showcase the work that is carried out by trustees and to spread the word in order to get more people involved.   2021 is the 11th year of Trustees’ Week, with over one million trustees in the UK to celebrate and show appreciation for. Another purpose…

Megan Turner
5th July 2021 Charity annual returns

The charity annual return service is now available for 2021 and can be found on the link below. https://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/   Charities need to submit their annual return within 10 months of the financial year end.   Dependant on the level of income, the annual return has different requirements; Income under £10,000 It is only the…

Jaimie King
12th October 2020 AGM deadline extension for Charities

Due to Coronavirus, the Charity Commission had previously released guidance allowing Charities to postpone their scheduled AGMs to 30th September 2020, and allowing them to be held digitally.   This guidance has now been updated to allow postponement of AGMs to 30th December 2020.   The updated guidance can be viewed at – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector  

Oliver Taylor
12th October 2020 What to do if your charity is facing financial difficulties?

In recent months many charities have found themselves in financial difficulties and an uncertainty of long-term survival, often caused by factors out of their control. Most notably the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, which has had several knock-on effects such as a reduction in donation income or decreased operating capacity during the tightened lockdown rules. Other external…

Jaimie King
4th September 2020 New charity register

The Charity Commission has launched a new public register for charities – making information more transparent.   Using the below link, anyone can search for details of a charity which includes data such as financials, who the trustees are, and whether the charity fundraises from the public.   The Charity Commission wants members of the…

Jaimie King
23rd February 2018 Charities to promote diversity

  In November 2017, the government posted research into awareness and effectiveness of trusteeship in England and Wales. This recommended that charities should do more to promote diversity on their boards. This would involve encouraging applications from women, young people and people from ethnic minority and socially diverse backgrounds. Some of the key findings of…

Jaimie King
4th January 2018 Charity annual returns due

  Charities with the financial year end of 31 March 2017 must submit their annual return by 31 January 2018, 10 months after the year end. What you need to submit varies based on whether it is an un-incorporated organisation or a charitable company. It also varies based on income of the charity – requiring…

Paul Tatum
5th December 2017 Charity Accounts: New Independent Examination Rules

  For many years now, many mid-sized UK charities have been required to subject their annual statutory accounts to independent examination. For such charities, with income within the range of £25,000 to £1m and gross assets of less than £3.26m, an independent examination is a lighter touch of independent scrutiny than a full audit. As…