Updated guidance on charity reporting requirements

The Charity Commission (England and Wales) has published guidance explaining the different accounting and reporting requirements for different sizes and types of charity, for financial years ending on or after 31st March 2015. This reflects the changes to charity audit thresholds which came into force on 31st March.

The guidance is aimed primarily at charity trustees and sets out what charities are required to do, in terms of preparing annual reports, accounts and annual returns. » Continue reading news item ... “Updated guidance on charity reporting requirements”

Pioneering projects awarded for helping Wales lead the way

Community businesses helping make life better for people in Wales and beyond have been recognised for their groundbreaking work at a national awards presentation.

Five projects employing between them almost 100 people, turning over hundreds of thousands of pounds and providing goods and services to thousands of customers and clients picked up trophies at the EPIC (Enterprising People in Communities) Awards at the Vale Resort, Vale of Glamorgan. » Continue reading news item ... “Pioneering projects awarded for helping Wales lead the way”

Bank find its charity customers lacking in digital skills

The second report of the Lloyds Bank Business Digital Index has found a drop in “basic digital skills” in charities, with over half lacking them. The report says that “One of the clearest findings in 2015 is that in a broadly positive Index, charities remain at the lower end of the digital maturity scale”.

Charity Digital News gives some more stats from the report, or download the full Digital Index Report 2015 direct (pdf 2.9MB). » Continue reading news item ... “Bank find its charity customers lacking in digital skills”

Charity exemption to new Diverted Profits Tax

The Charity Tax Group has welcomed confirmation that the Finance Bill, which implements many of the recent Budget announcements, includes a charity exemption from the new Diverted Profits Tax. Without this, it was possible that charity trading subsidiaries or similar arrangements, where companies make donations to parent charities under gift aid, would lead to tax bills.

See Civil Society News item or CTG’s press release for more. » Continue reading news item ... “Charity exemption to new Diverted Profits Tax”

Working with Police and Crime Commissioners

Two new publications on the links between Police and Crime Commissioners and local organisations.

The government has produced ‘Police and crime commissioners and civil society’ to share best practice to develop further collaboration. It provides examples of positive working relationships between PCCs and civil society groups. Available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-and-crime-commissioners-and-civil-society

Compact Voice, in partnership with Clinks, has issued a ‘Practical guide to engaging with Police and Crime Commissioners’. » Continue reading news item ... “Working with Police and Crime Commissioners”

Government response on extra powers for Charity Commission

The government has published its response to the parliamentary committee studying the Draft Protection of Charities Bill – if it becomes law, this would give more powers to the Charity Commission. The government agreed with most of the Committee’s recommendations, but rejected a call for greater safeguards around statutory warnings to charities.

The official news item is at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-response-to-the-joint-committee-on-the-draft-protection-of-charities-bill, or read further coverage from Civil Society News.