Neil Webb from Accountingweb reports on the implications.
Following our earlier message about the delay in trustee elections I can now update you.
Eileen Houghton’s three year term came to an end and Eileen was happy to stand again and has been appointed as a trustee for a further three years term.
Mark Heaton, known to many of you as a previous chair of trustees, has agreed to be co-opted to the board.
The current Board of Trustees is:
At the end of June next year more than half of the trustees come to the end of their term of three years. All will be eligible to stand again but we may some vacancies. Can I ask you to consider whether this may be a role that you could undertake. If you would like more details of the role and the work involved please contact Farah, email@example.com
This week the Daily Mail and the The Times released reports that the RNLI were spending their donors' money inappropriately by supporting overseas projects (swimming lessons, and creches in areas of Tanzania and Bangladesh with very high rates of drowning). The RNLI were able to demonstrate that these projects were all clearly demarcated and supported by restricted funds. Details of their global projects are here; https://rnli.org/what-we-do/international/the-global-drowning-problem
he Charities SORP-making body has today set out plans to change the way the charity accounting framework, the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP)*, is developed so that it better meets the needs of users of charity reports and accounts.
The group is introducing changes to the development process of the SORP following a comprehensive governance review, which recommended that it must change in order to meet “new public expectations”.
The review was led by Professor Gareth Morgan and its findings and recommendations are available on the SORP website.
Full report here.
The Charity Commission for England and Wales (CCEW) has recently undertaken a review of a sample of charities accounts. The report published on 28 August 2019 starts with the following comment:-
“The auditors and independent examiners’ of charity accounts are our second line of defence, after the Trustees, against mismanagement in charities. We rely on them to scrutinise the accounts that the Trustees have appointed them to audit or examine and to report to us any significant concerns that they identify in the course of their work. However, the results of our annual survey of the quality of charity accounts show that some auditors and examiners are failing to identify significant failing in the accounts that they are reviewing.”
The CCEW have published a benchmark of Minimum Standards and it was this that was used when reviewing the accounts.
The results were disappointing particularly the £25,000 to £250,000 income group where only 37% met the external scrutiny benchmark. Although the accounts are the responsibility of the Trustees, Auditors and Independent Examiners should be reviewing them for compliance.
In times of increased funding difficulties it is important that the accounts available to funders are accurate. Many Funders will be put off making grants to charities with accounts that are incomplete or contain errors.
It is important when appointing an Independent Examiner that Trustees ensure they understand charities and the reporting requirements.
The Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) is the only membership organisation that exists solely for Independent Examiners in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Members are able to act for charities subject to restrictions on income levels depending on their experience and ability. Training courses are provided by ACIE to improve the quality of their work and to meet charity needs.
The preparation and scrutiny of charity accounts is a specialist area. For Independent Examiners membership of ACIE will help you achieve and maintain standards looked for by the CCEW (and Commissions in Scotland and Northern Ireland) through support, training and advice which is available.
There will be news of new training events shortly.
Overview: Join us in Perth to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and update yourself on all things Independent Examination (IE). This event provides an opportunity to reflect on the contribution Independent Examination makes to good governance and financial transparency. In addition, our workshop programme will give you a chance to update your skills and knowledge, whatever your level of experience.
Who should attend? Anyone who carries out, or who is thinking about carrying out, Independent Examination. This event will also be of interest to Charity Trustees, Treasures and Finance Officers.
If you are new to IE, this event is great chance to ‘test the water’ and learn more about the roles and responsibilities of an examiner.
If you are already carrying out examinations, this event can help with your CPD, update your knowledge base and refresh your skills. Our event is an excellent opportunity to network with other examiners.
Confirmed speakers include:
Pricing: Until 9th July 2019
ACIE Members ‘Early Bird’ £120 - ACIE VIE ‘Early Bird” £66 - Non-Members ‘Early Bird’ £155
Pricing: From 10th July 2019
ACIE Members £155 - ACIE VIE Members £85 and non Members £180
Book online or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute of Fundraising has updated it’s guidance around General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
First published in 2017 ahead of the launch of the new regulations that came into effect May last year, this update includes amendments, latest thinking and additional tips and advice. Plus new information around minimising data protection risks, advice on when to consider employing a data protection officer and all new top tips on how to assess whether you have a legitimate need to carry out direct marketing under GDPR.
You can read the updated guidance by clicking here.
Making Tax Digital Webinar from CFG
It's completely free you just need to register to attend
Wednesday 1 May
Join CFG for an informative session with Rosie Durham, Tax Projects Manager at Cancer Research UK as she talks through how Cancer Research UK has made the changes to ensure they are compliant with the requirements of Making Tax Digital.
With Making Tax Digital coming into force for many charities for the VAT periods starting on or after the 1 April, we are sure you will find this free webinar a useful way to understand the practical steps your charity will need to take to meet the requirements.
KM invite Trustees and Senior Representatives of Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) to a Training Day to be held on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at The Life Church, Burnley, BB12 6QP - 09:30 - 15:15
Topics to be covered:
Fees: £30 per delegate. This includes lunch and refreshments.
For further details click here or email email@example.com
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