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Charity update 14 October 2015



United Kingdom

Our charity update provides the latest tax news and developments.


8 October 2015

New consultation to introduce digital filing of charity accounts

The Charity Commission and the Financial Reporting Council are launching a consultation that marks the first step towards enabling charities to file digital accounts with the Commission.

The Charity Commission

Read the press release here

View the consultation here  


6 October 2015

Electoral Commission guidance on the Holyrood elections

All individuals and groups, including charities, that intend to spend more than £10,000 on regulated campaign activity at the Scottish Parliament election between 5 January and 5 May 2016, will need to register with the Electoral Commission..

OSCR and The Electoral Commission  

Read the news story here

Read the guidance here  


3 October 2015

Government crackdown on unethical charity fundraising

Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society, today announced:

  • large charities could be forced to sign up to a new fundraising watchdog
  • if large charities fail to appropriately safeguard their supporters in any way the government will have new powers to intervene and regulate charity fundraising
  • the new watchdog will require charities to have the explicit consent of all donors, past and present, before any data can be shared.

Cabinet Office and Rob WIlson MP

Read the press release here


30 September 2015  

Terrorism Act alert

Following a small number of recent cases involving the loss of charitable assets (both goods and funds) to proscribed terrorist groups overseas the Charity Commission has published this alert to raise awareness amongst charities - including their trustees, employees and volunteers - of reporting requirements under counter-terrorism legislation.

The Charity Commission

Read the alert here


29 September 2015  

Case report on Land at Stirchley, Birmingham  

The Charity Commission say in this report that "It is vital, when making decisions about designated property (property which must be used for a particular charitable purpose such as parks, recreation grounds, village halls) that trustees ensure they have followed a thorough decision-making framework including acting within their legal powers, managing any conflicts of interest, and being sufficiently informed.  The latter can mean taking professional advice when appropriate.  It also means finding out about the views of the users of these community assets, local people, supporters and other stakeholders.  We consider that taking into account these views is essential for the trustees to be able to make informed decisions in the charity’s best interest."

The Charity Commission

Read the full report here

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