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Charity Update 6 July 2021

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Covid-19 and the pandemic only get a couple of mentions in this week's newsworthy items, with good news about additional funding available tempered by concerns about the activities of overseas charities and that the bounce back may take longer than envisaged. There is a fact sheet on the new Charities Bill and news that the UK is getting less generous.  We hope you find our bulletin helpful and please do provide us with any feedback.

Neil Palmer

2 July 2021

Charity Commission updates Coronavirus guidance for charities

The Charity Commission have updated their guidance to lay out their approach to AGMs and annual return filing extensions. They have also updated their content on charity meetings and insolvency help for charitable companies and charitable incorporated organisations.

The Charity Commission


28 June 2021

New guidance released by the Fundraising Regulator on the four values of fundraising practice

The values focused on in the guidance are: legal, open, honest and respectful. They have released guidance for fundraisers and advice for the public.

Fundraising Regulator


25 June 2021

Final £300 million of the Culture Recovery fund to be released

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that the final £300 million of the £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund is to go to organisations in urgent need of funding. Applications are due to open for some parts of this funding shortly.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport


25 June 2021

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland release new research on 'public trust and confidence in charities'

The new research shows that 87% of respondents think that 'doing what they say they will do' is a major factor influencing their trust in a charity. Read the research in full here.

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland


24 June 2021

Charity Commission issues a formal regulatory alert to overseas aid charities

The Regulator is urging that more needs to be done to prevent the exploitation and abuse of those in receipt of aid. These measures have been released after recent serious incident reports identified areas of weakness or risk in safeguarding at international aid charities.

The Charity Commission


24 June 2021

Northern Ireland Charity Regulator releases Annual Reporting Covid-19 Guidance

Read the Commission's guidance on reporting on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic here.

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland


22 June 2021

Government release a Charities Bill Factsheet to provide the sector more information

The factsheet gives an overview of the Charities Bill, which is set to implement the recommendations made in the Commission's Technical Issues in Charity Law Report.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Civil Society & Youth


17 June 2021

Survey finds that charities do not expect a "bounce back" as lockdown lifts

A survey conducted by Pro Bono Economics, the Charity Finance Group and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising finds that 54% of charities do not expect to be back to pre-pandemic levels of fundraising by the end of 2021. 7 in 10 charities also expect Covid-19 to have a negative effect on their ability to deliver their charitable objectives over the next 12 months.

Pro bono Economics, Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Charity Finance Group


17 June 2021

Loneliness Awareness Week – Charities to get a £2 million boost

Charities are to get a £2 million boost to tackle loneliness in communities from 28th June. On this date, charities can apply for the second round of the £4 million Local Connections Fund.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Civil Society & Youth


14 June 2021

UK drops out of the top 10 most generous countries for the first time

The Charities Aid Foundation's World Giving Index is a global survey which asks people: have they helped a stranger, given money, or volunteered for a good cause in the past month? The UK usually frequents the top 10 but 2020 saw it drop from 7th to 22nd place.

Charities Aid Foundation

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