Changes to charity annual return

The Charity Commission (England and Wales) has announced the changes it is making to the Annual Return for charities. Following consultation, it has decided not to include a question on campaigning costs this time, but will “revisit the issue when it considers changes to the annual return for 2016”.

Three topics it will include are:
– In the reporting period, how much income did you receive from: contracts from central or local government to deliver services, or grants from central or local government?
– Does your charity have a policy on paying its staff?
– Has your charity reviewed its financial controls during the reporting period?

Official news release, or Civil Society Media report http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/18430/.

NCVO and other sector bodies have welcomed the decision to drop the campaigning requirement, which could have created a “significant bureaucratic burden” – NCVO press release.