Updated trustee form for registering Scottish charities

Scottish charity regulator OSCR has updated its Charity Trustee Declaration Forms, used in applications for charitable status. From October onwards only the new forms will be accepted.

These forms allow the people in management and control of the charity – the charity trustees – to assure us that they are aware of their responsibilities and are not disqualified. The new form also collects details allowing us to email all the charity trustees details of registration and charity trustee duties should the organisation be granted charitable status.

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Blogs on NI charity reporting, data protection

A couple of new blog platforms/articles of interest around charity admin and management.

Impact of new data protection rules

On Scotland’s Third Force News, a partner at MacRoberts LLP has already written an overview of the new general data protection regulation (GDPR) and the potential impact it may have on the third sector – ‘Brexit doesn’t mean charities can forget about data protection‘. She now takes a closer look at the impact of the GDPR on fundraising and marketing.

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New annual return for English and Welsh charities

The Charity Commission has released the latest annual return for charities to complete, which is available in Welsh as well as English for the first time.

“All registered charities with an income of more than £10,000 and all Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) reporting on their financial years ending in 2016 must complete the online form within 10 months of the end of their financial year. Sections of the data then populate the commission’s online public register of charities, which is a key source of data about charities in England and Wales.”

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Date for revised NI charity registration form

Northern Ireland’s charity regulator has now confirmed the ‘live’ date for its revised online charity registration application form, after some delay (see previous VoluntaryNews coverage). The new form will replace the current version on Friday 3rd June.

To prepare for the changeover, the current online form will become unavailable from 28th May. Charity Commission Northern Ireland news item.

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