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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Change to incorporation options for Scottish charities from November

Scottish charity regulator OSCR has decided that in future they will only offer one option for charities looking to incorporate. OSCR’s news item explains that they are taking this step to simplify matters.

Here they are talking about changing from being an unincorporated association to becoming a SCIO or a company. They have up to now:

offered two options towards incorporation. One of these was, on the surface, viewed by some as a “conversion” process.

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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‘. » Continue reading news item ... “Blogs on NI charity reporting, data protection”

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.

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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.

Updates on new online charity registration services

The Charity Commission (England and Wales) has now stated that any online applications to register that have been started using its old system need to be completed and submitted before 14th July.

As covered earlier this month, a revised online registration service for new charities was recently launched in ‘public beta’. This now appears to be the default process.

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