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Charity compliance update: Small charity week is here

20th Jun 2017
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Jen Gerrard looks at the news and updates from the world of charity compliance.

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Small charity week is here

It’s Small Charity week this week (19 to 24 June), celebrating and raising awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector.

To find out more about the origins of the event click here. In the meantime, here’s an overview of each day’s activities.

  • I love Small charities Day – 19 June
  • Big Advice Day – 20 June
  • Policy Day – 21 June
  • Fundraising Day – 22 June
  • Small Charity Big Impact Day – 23 June
  • Celebration Day – 24 June

As professional advisors to the sector it’s a great opportunity for us to share the love with our charity clients!

Visit the Small Charity Week dedicated website for more detail on the above and information for your clients about events local to them.

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Charity Commission appoints next CEO

Helen Stephenson CBE has been appointed as the next chief executive of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Helen will join the Commission on 18 July and succeeds Paula Sussex in the role.

Helen Stephenson said: “The charitable sector plays a crucial role in our national life and I am delighted to be joining the Charity Commission at this important time. It is an honour to be leading the dedicated and talented team at the Commission and Paula is handing over an organisation that is in excellent shape, well equipped to meet the challenges of the future. I look forward to working with the Commission’s staff to continue the ambitious plans we have set.”

William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said: “It is wonderful that Helen is joining us. The board and I are confident that she will be an outstanding leader and will build on the progress we have made in recent years. I know our excellent staff will give Helen a warm welcome and I look forward to working with her.”

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Fundraising Preference Service update

The Fundraising Regulator is gearing up for the introduction of their Fundraising Preference Service next month. Are you up to speed?

Charities with an annual fundraising spend exceeding £100,000 should have already received an email (sent from the Regulator on 8 May to charity Chief Executives) about getting set up on the system before it launches.  Charities are advised to email [email protected] if they have not received it. All other charities will only be contacted once a suppression request has been lodged against their charity by a member of the public.

For more information, or to refresh your memory re what’s involved for your charity clients, click here.

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Social investment tax relief update

The effect of the general election means that the planned expansion of SITR within the Finance Bill 2017 has been delayed.  The Finance Bill passed, but excluded some of the changes due to be made as per the Autumn Statement 2016.  It is possible the SITR expansion will pass into law later this year, perhaps with retrospective effect.

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OSCR blog-watch

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has had a busy month, publishing the following practical guidance for charities:

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Consultations round-up

Here’s our monthly round-up of (and links to) key consultation opportunities and those closed, pending feedback.

The following consultation is currently open and inviting responses:

  • Charity Commission for Northern Ireland - The Commission has opened a public consultation on its draft Serious incident reporting guidance, which will close at 5pm on Friday 21 July 2017. Take part via an online survey or postal form – links to which are available here.

The following consultations are closed with feedback analysis pending – watch this space for an update in future briefings:

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