Ward Williams have a team that specialises in the needs of charities. We have extensive knowledge of the Charities Acts and Charities SORP. This knowledge together with over 20 years combined experience in dealing with charities enables Ward Williams to offer our charity clients the following:

  • Preparation of annual accounts in accordance with the relevant regulations;
  • Annual audit and independant examinations;
  • Assistance in the completion of Charity Commission annual returns;
  • Attendance at Trustee's and audit committee meetings.

In addition we offer advice and guidance on non-routine issues including systems and controls together with assistance on how to become more efficient.

To ease the administrative burden on companies during the COVID-19 pandemic a temporary measure to provide additional time for companies to file accounts at Companies House was enshrined in law over the summer with the passing of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020. Charitable companies usually have 9 months to file their accounts with Companies House. This is now ...

All charities across the UK who do not prepare receipts and payments accounts should adopt the accounting principles set out in the Statement of Recommended Practice for Accounting and Reporting by Charities (‘The SORP’) when preparing their financial statements. The SORP is based upon FRS102, The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland, being ...

It may not feel like it at times, but the pandemic has not been the only news story of 2020. The Black Lives Matter protests that followed the death of George Floyd in the United States showed that race equality remains a major issue in the UK as well, and perhaps one where there is renewed impetus to make lasting changes for the benefit of all. The charity sector is not immun ...

It may sound surprising, but a large number of charities struggle to spend their income on meeting their charitable objectives for the public benefit. Working in conjunction with the UK Community Foundations Network and the CCEW, the ‘Revitalising Trusts’ programme seeks to assist inactive or ineffective charities by helping them to identify beneficiaries and spend their income ...

Anyone who has used the CCEW register of charities since early September will have noticed that it has undergone a major transformation. As well as a more modern look and feel, the range of information that is presented has also been increased with a view to enhance public understanding of how the charity operates and improve transparency.  Additional information that is now p ...

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a significant impact on the independent examination of charity accounts, both on the nature of the work that will need to be performed and the practical difficulties involved. To address these issues the charity regulators have published supplementary guidance for independent examiners for the work they perform during times of national emergency. ...

In June CCEW issued an alert for charities, highlighting the importance of transparent and accountable governance. The alert is aimed at larger charities, those with income over £9 million with a complex governance and management structure and where they are a service providing charity where front line staff interact with beneficiaries, some of whom may be vulnerable. Your char ...

The Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising have recently published guidance for charities on how they can restart their fundraising activities safely. Prepared in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, this new guidance sets out key principles to be adopted to ensure that fundraising can be carried out safely and s ...

Charity regulators have warned that the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for fraudsters, with those charities providing services and supporting local communities during the crisis particularly vulnerable to an increased level of coronavirus related frauds and cyber-attacks. CCEW has teamed up with The Fraud Advisory Panel (FAP) to issue guidance to charities on how bes ...

Charity law requires trustees to report serious incidents to their regulator as they arise. To assist trustees in determining what matters need to be reported at the current time, CCEW has produced a series of supplementary examples to its existing guidance that consider how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts upon the reporting obligation. Key things to consider include: closing ...