Another try at simplifying Gift Aid donor benefit rules

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a further consultation on simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefits rules.

This follows an earlier consultation which ended May 2016 – it received 61 responses but didn’t get a clear consensus settling on a single reform proposal. Fundraising UK gives further background.

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Regulator concerns over opaque fundraising arrangements

Potential dangers around working with third-party fundraisers have been highlighted in a joint regulatory alert from the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator.

Civil Society News coverage mentions that this was issued shortly before a documentary was shown which exposed poor practices at some military charities.

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Lords committee on charities helps research on their role

A voluntary sector researcher has read through a large pile of written submissions to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities so you don’t have to! Specifically the 86 submissions which answered the question “What is the role and purpose of charities in civic society in England and Wales?”.

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More on the new fundraising rules

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.

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Time given to update agreements with professional fundraisers

The Fundraising Regulator is to give charities a ‘grace period’ of five months (to 31st March 2017) to get existing agreements with fundraising agencies updated to include new requirements coming in from 1st November, according to solicitors Bates Wells Braithwaite email briefing.

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