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Charity update - 6 July 2016

06/07/2016

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Our Charity Update provides the latest tax news and developments.

1 July 2016

Views sought on use of the Charity Commission’s warning power

The Charity Commission launches a 12 week public consultation on its proposed approach to exercising the new power to issue an official warning to charities when it considers that there has been a breach of trust or duty, or other misconduct or mismanagement in the charity. This power will supplement the Commission’s existing powers for dealing with wrongdoing in charities.

The Charity Commission  

 

29 June 2016

How can we rebuild public trust in charities?

The Charity Commission publishes a report that shows that trust and confidence in charities has fallen to the lowest recorded level since monitoring began in 2005. The findings show that trust in charities has fallen from 6.7 out of 10 in 2014 to 5.7 this year. The report finds the fall in trust and confidence can be attributed to critical media coverage of charity practices, distrust about how charities spend donations, and a lack of knowledge among the public about where their donations go. Perceptions of aggressive fundraising tactics have also contributed to the decline in trust.

The Charity Commission

 

28 June 2016

Responses to the EU referendum

CAF Chief Executive John Low says:

"While we now have certainty over the referendum result, the repercussions of Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union are far from clear.

"Such a change will inevitably cause a period of uncertainty, but is also likely to present opportunities which charities, as always, will be ready to take to bring people together and tackle some of society’s greatest challenges."

Charities Aid Foundation

NCVO publishes a briefing on the implications of Brexit.  According to the briefing, implications for charities and community groups from the Brexit referendum include political uncertainty, slow progress on government policy change, and potential financial challenges.

NCVO

 

8 June 2016

How trustees can restore donor trust: new fundraising guidance

The Charity Commission publishes new guidance for charity trustees about fundraising from the public, CC20. The guidance sets out 6 key principles to help trustees comply with their legal duties when overseeing their charity’s fundraising, and also includes a checklist for trustees to evaluate their charity’s performance against the legal requirements and good practice recommendations set out in the guidance.

The Charity Commission

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