Our Charity News includes useful guidance on fraud, public confidence in the sector and board diversification. We also consider the impact of Update Bulletin 2 on the SORP, the implication of this year’s Budget on charities and other pertinent issues giving you the inside track on the sector's current hot topics and latest guidance.

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A specialist newsletter highlighting important and current issues that may affect charities is prepared by Ward Williams on a quarterly basis. If you would like to receive a copy please email: sarena.harwood@wardwilliams.co.uk

The CCEW has issued an alert to charities following a National Fraud Intelligence Bureau alert highlighting the insider threat from fraudsters and cyber criminals. Research from the CCEW published earlier in the year found that in the vast majority of cases where fraud was committed in charities, the primary enabling factor was the lack of appropriate internal controls in place ...

The government has decided not to pursue plans to develop a joint CCEW and HMRC portal for charity registrations. The rules at present require charities to register with the CCEW and then again with HMRC for Gift Aid and other purposes. The plan (announced back in 2013)was to streamline this process to reduce the burden on charities and improve information sharing. However,hav ...

It is fair to say that 2018 has seen a lot of scrutiny of the charity sector with some very high profile names in the spotlight. It is therefore perhaps not surprising that the CCEW research into the public’s trust of charities came up with some interesting results. Confidence levels lowThe research found that public confidence in charities is currently 5.5 out of 10. This com ...

In the summer the BBC featured five episodes of Britain’s Secret Charity Cheats in their daytime schedule. The programmes featured examples of fraudsters either purporting to be a charity or charity insiders and how they committed their frauds. The programmes alsofeatured some ‘good news’ stories about the sector. The timing was again very pertinent given the environment and ...

Research conducted as part of the Taken on Trust report, commissioned by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in November 2017, noted that the majority of charity trustees are male, white and retired, the so called ‘male, pale and stale’ demographic. Since then, the CCEW, the Charity Governance Code and various other commentators have been encouraging charities t ...