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Charities and non-charities: why the difference matters

Today (8 August) we published the results of a recent consultation which will inform new guidance for publication later this year. The topic is a broad one – setting out the principles that trustees should follow when their charity works closely with a non – charitable organisation. We are pleased with the volume and quality of the responses and I really value the time that many have given to this.

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Automatic disqualification rules for charity trustees and charity senior positions

Guidance for individuals about automatic disqualification rules, what to do if you become disqualified and how to apply for a waiver.

This guidance is for individuals who want to find out if, and how the automatic disqualification rules apply to them. We have produced separate guidance for charities to help them prepare for the new rules.

The charity guidance also includes sample declarations that can be used for relevant senior manager and charity trustee positions.

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All change at the top for the Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust

At our Annual General Meeting we said farewell to Commander Andrea Crook RN, our Chairman of 7 years and welcomed our Vice Chairman Commander Heather Rimmer RN to the role of Chairman. We wish Andrea well with her forthcoming studies and thank her for her great contribution to the Trust and her additional support for the WRNS100 Project.

Heather will be joined by our new Vice Chairman, Commander Catherine Jordan RN who has been a Trustee for a year and we wish our new team good luck and every success.

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The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do

What’s required of a charity trustee, including your responsibilities to your charity.

Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. They may be called trustees, the board, the management committee, governors, directors or something else.

This guidance explains what being a trustee involves.

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Make sure your charity is ready for GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will become law on the 25 May 2018. It’s important to consider how this will affect your charity.

GDPR is a new Europe-wide data protection law to provide greater protection around personal data, and it effects every organisation that handles such data.

If your charity asks for, receives or holds personal information from others (for example the email addresses of its users or staff) then these regulations will apply.

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Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) course free for charity staff

RA CPD has developed an Information, Advice and Guidance course (distance learning with online tutorials over an 6 – 8 week period) for staff who give advice but for whom it is probably not their primary role. Completion of the course earns a nationally recognised level 2 qualification. RA CPD has gained funding for the course and will ask only for a minimal fee to cover registration costs should the learner not complete. The programme covers how to plan, conduct and evaluate information, advice or guidance sessions and enables learners to acquire the skills to establish co-operative working relationships.

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Accounts monitoring: concerns highlighted by auditors in their audit reports 2017

Reports of Charity Commission accounts monitoring reviews.

In 2017, 80 charities filed accounts with a modified audit opinion, meaning that their accounts are, or may be, materially misstated. This is 17 fewer than in 2016. The main reasons why auditors issued modified audit opinions continued to be inadequate accounting records and not following accounting requirements.

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Alert for charities – use the regulated financial sector

The UK’s three independent regulators of charities (Charity Commission for England and Wales, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and Charity Commission for Northern Ireland) are issuing this alert to charities to advise that the regulated financial sector should be used.
It applies to a charity when it receives, holds, moves or uses money, particularly those moving funds internationally.

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SSAFA Mentoring Service awarded NCVO Accreditation

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has been awarded an accreditation from the NCVO(1) for its mentoring service, which supports and empowers veterans during their transition back to civilian life.

The NCVO Approved Provider Standard (APS) recognised the exceptional work of the mentoring service including its practices in management and operation, the processes for identifying service leavers in need, support of volunteer mentors and the results achieved through the service.

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