Chancellor Philip Hammond gave his first and, it turns out, last Autumn Statement on 23rd November. This news item attempts to round up material of particular relevance for the voluntary sector.
A “regulatory alert” on fundraising rules which came into force on 1st November has been issued by the Charity Commission. The rules cover additional information on fundraising to appear in trustees’ annual reports (where the charity has to produce audited accounts), as well as the agreements that must be in place when using professional fundraisers or other commercial bodies to raise money.
Accountancy software designed specifically for the not-for-profit sector has been launched by the Sage Foundation. Sage Live Non-profit is built on the Salesforce App Cloud and is available on the Salesforce AppExchange.
The Charity Commission is consulting on proposed updates to its guidance for charities ‘What to do if something goes wrong: reporting serious incidents’. The guidance
aims to help charities identify what to report and when. Listing the most common types of incidents, the guidance explains what should be reported to the Commission (as well as to the police and other regulators). New checklists and a table of examples of what, and what not, to report to the Commission are included.
All of the 2000 or so charities that will be subject to the Fundraising Regulator’s levy should have received a letter about the charge, addressed to the CEO. This is due to be followed by an invoice, with the exact payment requirements.
The Scottish Government has set up a review of business rates in Scotland, to see how it could be improved to encourage long term investment and growth.
As SCVO says in its article, rate relief is very important for the third sector and this review will cover all non-domestic rates in Scotland, which includes charity rate relief. SCVO is encouraging voluntary organisations to respond, particularly those that benefit from the relief – read the SCVO piece for more background.