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Update on end of Excepting Regulations

This month the government made public their intention to extend the Excepting Regulations for smaller charities by 10 years. The Excepting Regulations mean that many smaller churches which are affiliated to the FIEC or another umbrella body are currently excepted from the requirement to register with the Charity Commission. The Commission had previously indicated that … Read more …

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Members’ meetings and voting under lockdown

On 26th June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act came into force, making temporary changes to the governance and regulation of incorporated organisations, due to COVID-19 restrictions. This included relaxing the position on general meetings, allowing companies and CIOs more flexibility on when to hold them and how to hold them. The flexibilities on … Read more …

Are you ready to register with the Charity Commission?

Many smaller churches which are affiliated to the FIEC or another umbrella body are currently excepted from the requirement to register with the Charity Commission. The Commission has previously indicated that the Excepting Regulations will come to an end in March 2021, and all churches with an income of over £5,000 per annum will then … Read more …

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Guidance on the extended furlough scheme

Since our latest factsheet (23 October) on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) / Job Support Scheme (JSS), there has been a change of play again (as we have come to expect over the last few months!) The JSS and job retention bonus have been put on hold for now and the CJRS (the “furlough” … Read more …

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Guidance for churches during the second lockdown

The government announced on 5 November a second national lockdown that will last until at least 2 December. The new guidance Regarding churches, the new government guidance (applicable for England) states: Places of Worship do not need to fully close under the restrictions in place, but they may open only for a limited range of … Read more …

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Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

Please note regarding the below that the Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has now been postponed until the furlough scheme ends. Additional guidance will be set out shortly. As part of the Winter Economy Plan, on 24 September the Chancellor announced the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (JSS). … Read more …

Should you consider becoming a CIO?

Many Christian charities (whether churches or other organisations) operate as either a charitable trust or a charitable unincorporated association (CUA).  Historically, the only realistic alternative to these structures (other than incorporating the body of trustees, which is relatively uncommon) was for a charity to incorporate as a company limited by guarantee, but this brought with … Read more …

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Time to check the new-look Charity Commission register

If you are a registered charity, details of your charity appear on the Charity Commission’s public register, available online. On 3 September, the Commission launched the latest version of the online register, which now contains more information than ever about each charity.   In particular, the register now includes details taken from your charity’s annual … Read more …

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GDPR: Handling subject access requests

The GDPR modified the right of individuals to access data held about them.  Here is a basic guide on what to do if you receive a Subject Access Request (SAR). Is the request valid?  Requests can be either verbal or written.  The request need not refer to the legislation or even say it is a … Read more …