How does the Charity Commission investigate?

The Commission’s work seeks to protect the public’s interest in charities. Charities must comply with the law. … Through its work, the Commission identifies and investigates apparent misconduct and/ or mismanagement in the administration of charities, and works to resolve issues of concern.

What is a Charity Commission investigation?

The Commission is established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales. … Through its work, the Commission identifies and investigates apparent misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of charities, and works to resolve issues of concern.

What power does the Charity Commission have?

The Charity Commission regulates and registers charities in England and Wales. It produces guidance for trustees on how they should meet their legal duties and responsibilities. The Commission runs an online register of charities, which provides full information – including financial – about all registered charities.

What do charities have to report?

By law, every charity must prepare a set of accounts and a trustees’ annual report. The aim of accounts and reports is to provide a clear picture of your charity’s activities and financial position. The trustees’ annual report is also an opportunity to describe your work to the public and to funding bodies.

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How effective is the Charity Commission?

Most (58%) of the public continue to agree that charities in England and Wales are regulated effectively, with only one in five disagreeing. This is lower level than in 2015, when 65% said that it was effective.

How do I contact the Charities Commission?

The UK phone number for general enquiries is still 0300 066 9197 and the online contact form is: https://forms.charitycommission.gov.uk/enquiry-form/.

What is a statutory Enquiry?

A statutory public inquiry can be established by a government minister where they consider “particular events have caused, or are capable of causing, public concern or there is public concern”[1]. They will appoint an independent chair or panel to lead the Inquiry and investigate the events in question.

Why would a charity be removed from the Charity Commission?

A spokeswoman for the commission said the charities being removed were those that had failed to file their annual documents for one or more years. … The spokeswoman said that a charitable company removed from the register in the cleanse might also need to consider re-registering at Companies House.

How are charities governed?

Governance in charities

Usually a charity is governed by a trustee board that takes overall responsibility for its work. Governance is a term used to describe the trustees’ role in: Securing the long term direction of the charity (furthering its objects or purposes as set out in its governing document)

Who is the head of the Charity Commission?

Helen Stephenson joined the Charity Commission as CEO in July 2017. Helen has extensive experience of senior leadership across the public and voluntary sectors, having previously served as Director of Early Years and Childcare at the Department of Education and Director of the Office for Civil Society.

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Do charity accounts need auditing?

The trustees of charities with gross incomes of more than £1 million (or more than £250,000 and with gross assets of more than £3.26 million) must arrange for their charity’s accounts to be audited. They may not choose an independent examination.

Do all charities need to be audited?

Except for NHS charities, only those charities with gross income of more than £25,000 in their financial year are required to have their accounts independently examined or audited – below that threshold, an external scrutiny of accounts is only needed if it is required by the charity’s governing document.

Do small charities need to be audited?

For small charitable companies and small charitable company groups, which are not required to have an audit under the Companies Act, the Charities Act scrutiny arrangements apply and charitable companies are required to have their accounts audited by a registered auditor if either of the following thresholds are met.