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Charity update 27 October 2015



United Kingdom

Our Charity Update provides the latest tax news and deveopments.

22 October 2015

Charity Commission updates guidance for fee-charging educational charities

The updated guidance encourages trustees of charitable schools, as a matter of good practice, to comment on their individual approaches to public benefit in sports, drama, music and other arts in their trustee annual report.

The Charity Commission

Read the press release here

Read the updated guidance here

Read the updated example trustee annual report for a charitable school here  


21 October 2015

Gift Aid declarations: claiming tax back on donations

HM Revenue & Customs publishes new Gift Aid declaration forms and updates its guidance on how charities and community amateur sports clubs can make written, verbal and online declarations and what information to include.

HM Revenue & Customs  

Read the guidance here

Read the new forms: Sponsorship and Gift Aid declaration form, Gift Aid declaration forms for multiple donation and Gift Aid declaration forms for a single donation   


21 October 2015

Charity Commission welcomes withdrawal of a judicial review claim by CAGE

The Charity Commission says that "For the Charity Commission this case was always about defending our responsibility for protecting the public trust and confidence in charity. It was on that basis we sought assurances from trustees about the funding of CAGE."

The Charity Commission

Read the Government response here

Cage had sought the review after the Charity Commission wrote to charities that had previously funded Cage, including the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT), seeking "unequivocal assurances" that they would not offer further funding either now or in the future. The JRCT gave the assurances after what it called "extreme regulatory pressure".

Third Sector

Read the full article here


12 October 2015  

Charity fundraising self-regulation meeting

The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP and Sir Stuart Etherington co-host a meeting to discuss the implementation of the recommendations of Sir Stuart Etherington’s Review of Charity Fundraising Self-Regulation.


Read the press release here  


12 October 2015  

Whistleblowing: guidance for charity employees  

Charity employees can report concerns about certain categories of serious wrongdoing at their charity to the Charity Commission.

The Charity Commission

Read the guidance here

The whistleblowing email address is

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