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Charity Update - 26 October 2023


United Kingdom

Welcome to the latest edition of our Charity Update. This covers another wide range of topics in the sector. Please use the links provided to find out more.

Neil Palmer

20 October 2023

NCVO share key highlights from its Annual General Meeting

NCVO has summarised the highlights from its October AGM which includes changes to its board of trustees, a panel discussion on the future of the volunteering sector and its end of year reflections. Read more.


19 October 2023

Inquiry launched into the independence and accountability of UK regulators

The Industry and Regulators Committee publishes a call for evidence into its new inquiry into UK regulators, which  includes the Charity Commission.

UK Parliament

19 October 2023

Charity Commission launches statutory inquiry into charity supporting older people

The Queen Alexandra Cottage Homes has repeatedly failed to file annual accounting information. The charity provides a range of accommodation and support to local older people in East Sussex. Read more.

Charity Commission

17 October 2023

Trustees removed from Birmingham education charity

The Charity Commission inquiry has found serious financial mismanagement at Birmingham Education Trust, which only filed one annual return in twenty-three years. The two original trustees who were husband and wife, have been removed and disqualified from acting as trustees of any charity. Read more.

Charity Commission

16 October 2023

Pay and Equalities Survey by ACEVO highlights need for progress

The survey highlights a lack of progress on key issues affecting the charity and social enterprise sector's leadership. This includes: the failure of boards to invest in their CEO's professional development, a substantial gender pay gap, and a lack of progress on race equity at the most senior levels. Read the survey.


13 October 2023

Orlando Fraser KC sets out vision at Charity Law Association Conference 2023

In a speech at the CLA's annual conference, Orlando Fraser KC sets out his vision for the Charity Commission and his personal ambitions and priorities as Chair. Read the speech in full.

Charity Commission

12 October 2023

Fundraising Regulator launches inquiry into use of subcontractors by fundraising agencies

The Fundraising Regulator has announced the launch of a market inquiry looking into issues relating to the use of subcontractors for charitable fundraising. Earlier in the month the Fundraising Regulator released a blog urging charities to review their subcontracting relationships..

Fundraising Regulator

12 October 2023

NCVO releases its latest Almanac data

NCVO release the Almanac annually showing the state and health of the voluntary sector. The data reveals the clearest picture yet of the impact of Covid-19 on the sector.. Read the highlights.


11 October 2023

Charity Commission opens inquiry into religious poverty relief charity over financial activity

The Regulator announces an inquiry into Jesus Power House Ministries LTD, following concerns that there is or has been misconduct and/or mismanagement in the charity's administration, particularly regarding the management of its finances. Read more.

Charity Commission

11 October 2023

Inquiry opened into poverty relief charity over financial activity

The Charity Commission announces an inquiry into the Centre for Skills Enhancement Limited. This is due to concerns that there is, or has been, misconduct and/or mismanagement in the charity's administration leading to potentially significant risk to the charity's property, beneficiaries and work. Read more.

Charity Commission

9 October 2023

Financial challenges force charities to turn people away

Two fifths of charities say they cannot help anyone else, and 12% are turning people away. More than half of charities surveyed say their services are at full capacity. Read more.

Charities Aid Foundation

5 October 2023

Charity Commission to hold its Annual Public Meeting in November

The Regulator invites attendees to join at 11:00am on 15 November 2023. Orlando Fraser KC, Helen Stephenson CBE and colleagues will provide updates and insight into the Commission's activities.

Charity Commission

5 October 2023

OSCR shares strategic updates and sector overview report

OSCR releases its vision for the next three years, alongside its refreshed approach to inquiries, its regulatory priorities for 2023-26 and updated sector overview report.

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

5 October 2023

New charities' Annual Return now available

Charity Commission launches the new Annual Return for 2023 via the My Charity Commission Account service. The questions set reflect the changes made following the consultation with charities and the public. Read more.

Charity Commission