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Charities in Scotland are being offered grants of up to £1,000 to help strengthen their cyber security.

The Scottish Government has launched a grants scheme to help Scottish  charities boost their cyber security. Managed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the scheme will support charities with grants of up to £1,000 to help them achieve cyber essentials accreditation. The Scottish government said cyber security was an important issue for the […]

New rules disqualifying from acting as trustee

From 1 August 2018, new rules extend the criteria disqualifying certain individuals from acting as trustees or holding senior management positions in charities. The Charity Commission has published guidance on this which can be read in full here, but the basic details  are summarised below. The New Rules There are currently rules in place which […]

Press release from Charity Commission regarding insider frauds at charities

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published the findings of a study which has found that cultural factors, such as placing excessive trust or responsibility in individuals, or the lack of internal challenge and oversight, contributed to 70% of insider frauds within a sample of charities analysed by the […]

Changes to annual return for 2018

The Charity Commission has made a number of amendments to the content of the annual return for 2018 (AR18), after an extensive consultation with charities throughout the autumn. It says the new annual return will make for an easier user experience for charities, and stresses that it will be more proportionate than in the past, […]

Prevention of fraud – charities

You can take this preventative action now:  make sure charity software has up-to-date virus protection (though it will not always prevent you from becoming infected)  don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like it’s […]

Cyber attacks – what charities need to do

Charities should be aware of “WannaCry” and “Petya”. These are the cyber attacks that have brought organisations to a standstill recently. Many charities are not investing in adequate levels of cyber protection. The Charity Commission has warned that charities could be at risk and should be vigilant. Further Matthew Hancock the digital minister has said […]

Public can now demand that charities stop sending them fundraising messages by phone, text or email.

Charities which pester donors for cash face being fined up to £25,000 under new rules. A new Fundraising Preference Service, launched this week allows members of the public to demand that charities stop sending them fundraising messages by phone, text or email. Should a charity fail to comply, it may be reported by the fundraising […]

Public should ensure donations go to genuine charities supporting the victims in Manchester bombing

This is a Charity Commission press release:- Press release: Generous public should make sure donations go to genuine charities supporting the victims in Manchester, says charity regulator Posted: 25 May 2017 08:06 AM PDT The Charity Commission is encouraging people wishing to support the victims of this week’s terrorist attack in Manchester to donate to […]

Trading Subsidiaries – should a charity have one?

The purpose of trading subsidiaries of charities is simple. The wholly owned trading subsidiary undertakes the commercial trading activities that do not fall within the objects of the charity. The subsidiary will be taxable in exactly the same way as for a normal company but with careful planning can gift the majority of its profits […]

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