Charity Commission issue advice on facing financial difficulties

Today the Charity Commission released some useful guidance for trustees on managing Charity finances in light of the current national situation. The article goes on to explain what steps should be taken if your charity cannot continue to operate because of the financial problems caused by COVID-19.

Please click the link to see the full guidance – Managing your financial difficulties

If you require further support and guidance from Cambridgeshire ACRE at this time please contact us on or call 01353 865048

Annual returns – have you done yours?

This is a gentle reminder to all village hall and community building management committees that the annual returns (for 2015-16) are due by the 31 January 2017.

However, we have been notified by the Charity Commission that their website has experienced some problems (due to a sudden influx of activity!) and their advice is to make the submissions early in the morning, in the evening or at weekends.

If problems still persist, a Charity can print the screen where the problem occurs and email the copy to the Charity Commission, who will then note that an attempt to meet the deadline has been made.

The phone times have been extended from 09:00 – 12:00 to 10:00 – 16:00 to cover the problems that have been encountered.

Charity Commission launch new consultation

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a new customer survey about its digital services.

The survey will stay open for 6 weeks, closing at 5pm on Wednesday 18 January. It includes questions on users’ priorities when speaking with the Commission and their preferred methods of communication.

The survey is quick to complete and will allow you to express your wishes on how you prefer to contact the Charity Commission for support and guidance.

Charity Commission news

Today the Charity Commission issued a news alert regarding very useful information on charity reporting and accounting essentials.  Click here to see the full document.

The document covers what trustees need to do when preparing trustees’ annual reports, accounts and annual returns for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 November 2016.

The Charity Commission also publish a document called The Essential Trustee which is an excellent read for any trustee, someone new to the role or maybe just for refreshing your knowledge.  Well worth reading…




Digital resource for charity trustees launched by the Charity Commission

The Charity Commission have launch some new and extremely helpful information on digital advice for charity trustees.  I would recommend all trustees taking a look at the document – Making digital work: 12 questions for trustees to consider

The document covers the following topics:

  1. Governance
  2. Induction of new trustees
  3. People
  4. Strategy
  5. Culture
  6. Service delivery
  7. Brand
  8. Reputation
  9. Fundraising
  10. Cyber security
  11. Evaluation and success
  12. Resources