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Charity Update - 23 March 2017



United Kingdom

Our Charity Update provides the latest tax news and developments

16 March 2017

Charity Commission urges trustees to get to grips with financial duties

The Charity Commission updates a key piece of its financial guidance - Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25) - in a drive to ensure trustees understand their basic financial responsibilities when running a charity.

The Charity Commission  


15 March 2017

Animal charities win legacy appeal case at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court rules in favour of the Blue Cross, the RSPCA and the RSPB, who were appealing against a July 2015 decision by the Court of Appeal to award £164,000 to Heather Ilott, the estranged daughter of Melita Jackson, who left all of her assets of £500,000 to the three organisations in 2004.

Civil Society  


13 March 2017

Charity regulator consults on its approach to organisations promoting complementary and alternative medicines

The Charity Commission opens a consultation on how the charity regulator should approach registering organisations that promote complementary and alternative medicines.

The Charity Commission  


9 March 2017

Guidance on the fit and proper persons test

HM Revenue & Customs updates its guidance on the fit and proper persons test. In particular the definition of tax avoidance has been amended.

HM Revenue & Customs  


8 March 2017

Scottish charities need to report on time to give the public confidence

The Scottish Charity Regulator reminds the country’s charities of the importance of complying with their annual reporting duties.



8 March 2017

Spring Budget 2017: Responses

Hannah Terrey, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Charities Aid Foundation, says “Government now needs to listen to the voice of charities and set out a post-Brexit social plan."

Charities Aid Foundation

Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, says "As a signatory to the joint letter to the Chancellor calling for charities to get a mandatory 100 per cent business rate relief, not providing specific help to the voluntary sector is a missed opportunity to strengthen charities supporting the most vulnerable in society."


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