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Jaimie Lane
27th June 2018 Charity annual returns – changes ahead

Later this year The Charity Commission will introduce a tailored annual return which will include some new questions which may require preparation in advance. Overseas expenditure As these new questions will likely require additional preparation, they will be optional for 2018 but become mandatory for 2019 onwards: When spending money outside England and Wales, did…

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1st March 2018 Spending your old £10 notes

From 1 March 2018, most businesses and shops will only accept the new plastic £10 notes, which feature Jane Austen. The new polymer notes are more secure and harder for fraudsters to counterfeit. They also have raised bumps and dots in order to help blind and partially-sighted users to identify each banknote. From 1 March…

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24th February 2018 Charity fraud awareness & cyber security scheme

  The government have recently updated their guidance to help protect charities from fraud. The guidance contains advice, regulatory alerts and links to other helpful websites to help charities to understand fraud and how to protect themselves against it. In December 2017, Action Fraud opened a cyber-attack helpline. If you experience a live cyber-attack, this…

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23rd February 2018 Charities to promote diversity

  In November 2017, the government posted research into awareness and effectiveness of trusteeship in England and Wales. This recommended that charities should do more to promote diversity on their boards. This would involve encouraging applications from women, young people and people from ethnic minority and socially diverse backgrounds. Some of the key findings of…

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4th January 2018 Charity annual returns due

  Charities with the financial year end of 31 March 2017 must submit their annual return by 31 January 2018, 10 months after the year end. What you need to submit varies based on whether it is an un-incorporated organisation or a charitable company. It also varies based on income of the charity – requiring…

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20th June 2017 Brexit: The end of UK audits?

Audit thresholds are linked to the small company limits, which are currently set by the EU. The UK can choose to impose a lower threshold than the small company limits, but not a higher one. As a result of Brexit, power will return to the UK, and as a result the cap on audit thresholds…

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9th June 2017 Ransomware advice for charities

Many organisations across 150 countries, including our own NHS, have been hit by a recent ransomware attack. The vulnerabilities  exploited by the hackers are the same for charities, individuals and public or private sector businesses. The Charity Commission is encouraging charities to follow protection advice released by the City of London Police and the National…

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