Charity Annual Return 2018: How you can prepare now for the new requirements

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The Charities Commission ran a consultation throughout the autumn of 2017 about the charities Annual Return for 2018 (AR2018). As a result, a number of amendments to the content of the annual return for 2018 […]

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Charities that are connected with non-charitable organisations: maintaining your charity’s separation and independence

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The Charities Commission has opened a consultation on draft guidance for charities on their relationships with connected non-charitable organisations, such as a trading subsidiary; commercial business; not-for-profit organisations or social enterprise. There have been a […]

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Charity Commission to tackle safeguarding issues

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The Charity Commission has announced measures to ensure charities improved their procedures following the recent safeguarding revelations involving Oxfam and other charities, including safeguarding summits. The Commission is also establishing a taskforce to deal with the increasing volume […]

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Academy Trusts’ duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance

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New rules requiring the UK’s large businesses, including Academy Trusts, to publish half-yearly reports on their payment practices, policies and performance, came into force for financial years beginning on or after 6 April 2017. The reporting requirement […]

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Charitable companies become Charitable Incorporated Organisations

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From 1 January 2018, charitable companies can apply to become charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs). All CIOs will be included in the Registrars’ Business Names Index (maintained by Companies House) from that date. Charities that are […]

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Guidance for charity trustees about serious incidents: how to spot them and how to report

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According to the Charity Commission, there is significant under-reporting of problems by charities, which is putting charities at potential risk of further harm, including reputational damage. The regulator has therefore recently improved its guidance on […]

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Strategic School Improvement Fund – Round Two

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The second round of the Strategic School Improvement Fund is now open. The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) is a grant to support infant, primary, secondary, middle, all-through, alternative provision, special academies, maintained […]

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Academies Financial Handbook 2017

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The Academies Financial Handbook 2017 has been released by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) and takes effect from 1 September 2017. This handbook is a key document that sets out the financial framework […]

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Governance handbook and competency framework

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The Department of Education has released their latest update of the ‘Governance Handbook’.  As a summary, the Governance handbook explains: school governors’ roles and functions their legal duties where they can find support The January […]

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Long term absence of key signatories: Accounting Officer

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As we approach the season of academy accounts approval, it is worth recapping on the EFA’s advice on long term absence of key signatories , in particular the Accounting Officer (AO). The Academies Accounts Direction […]

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