Charity Newsletter Winter 2018

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Our Charity News includes useful guidance on fraud, public confidence in the sector and board diversification. We also consider the impact of Update Bulletin 2 on the SORP, the implication of this year’s Budget on charities and other pertinent issues giving you the inside track on the sector’s current hot topics and latest guidance.

The newsletter is applicable to the whole of the United Kingdom and makes reference to the three UK charity regulators:

  • the Charity Commission for England and Wales (CCEW)
  • the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI)
  • the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

Hot Topics

  • How much do the public trust charities?
  • Joint registration portal shelved
  • Fraud
  • Britain’s Secret Charity Cheats
  • Automatic Disqualification Rules
  • Charity Annual Return
  • Developing your board – trustee recruitment

Accountancy and Tax Update

  • SORP Update Bulletin 2
  • SORP-making body expanded to include Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland regulators
  • Standard of accounts – CCEW monitoring review
  • VAT and temporary employees
  • Gift Aid – simplification
  • Budget 2018 and charities
  • Gift Aid – ineligible donors

Legislative Update

  • Post-GDPR – how is the sector coping?
  • Information Commissioner audits charities
  • Charity structure – have you got it right?


  • NCVO published draft Code of Ethics
  • New draft Code of Fundraising Practice
  • Scotland’s Governance Code for the Third Sector