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Welcome to the latest issue of Fieldfisher's Charity Update. There's COVID-19 related guidance and support information as well as other recent news, including an important HM Revenue & Customs brief on VAT and digital advertising.

If you have any questions on any of these news items or other charity matters please contact any member of the Fieldfisher Charities team. In relation to VAT questions, that's Nick Beecham (Email).

Neil Palmer

6 October 2020

Charity Commission launches campaign to help keep charities safe from fraud

Charity Commisison launches campaign between 19 and 23 October to help keep charities safe from fraud. 

The Charity Commission


2 October 2020

Fieldfisher's EO team marks the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Fieldfisher's employee ownership team marked the 151st birth anniversary of M. K. Gandhi with the publication of partner Graeme Nuttall's lecture on 'EO v3.0 – Employee ownership with added Gandhian purpose' and his participation in events organised internationally to celebrate this anniversary. 

1 October 2020

Chair's speech to the Charity Commission Annual Public Meeting 2020

The Charity Commission publishes Baroness Stowell's speech which highlights lessons from COVID-19.

The Charity Commission and The Rt Hon Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE

30 September 2020

Julia and Hans Rausing give £18 million to over 300 charities through the Charity Survival Fund

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust reports that In total 329 charities will receive funding from the Charity Survival Fund.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

29 September 2020

COVID-19 guidance for the charity sector

The Charity Commission updates the sections of its guidance about AGMs and holding meetings online.

The Charity Commission

28 September 2020

Hardest hit communities to receive £40m as COVID-19 Support Fund and CAF partner with DCMS

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) reports that CAF and the COVID-19 Support Fund have teamed up with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to deliver £40m worth of assistance to charitable organisations in England.

Charities Aid Foundation

23 September 2020

Legal update

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland publishes a legal update in light of the Court of Appeal's judgement in the case of McKee & Others v Charity Commission for Northern Ireland upholding a legal challenge to the delegation of decision-making powers by the Commission to members of staff.

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

14 September 2020

Fundraising Regulator publishes results of review into compliance with fundraising reporting requirements

The Fundraising Regulator updates its guidance to support charities to meet the requirements and expresses concern that many charities are not reporting on their monitoring of third parties, protecting vulnerable people, their commitment to voluntary regulations and complaints received.

Fundraising Regulator

8 September 2020

HMRC issues important Brief on VAT and digital advertising by charities confirming that location targeting services can be zero rated

The Charity Tax Group comments on HMRC's Revenue & Customs Brief 13 (2020): VAT charity digital advertising relief.

Charity Tax Group

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