Charities

Insight / Charity trustees censured for conflicts of interest

The regulator has censured a Yorkshire charity over unmanaged conflicts of interest, including payments to trustees, and unbalanced research

Tax / BrightHR invests £1m in Back to Work Navigator

BrightHR, the international HR software and employment law advice service, has made a £1m investment in an online tool called the Back to Work Navigator

Insight / Covid-19: VAT on PPE donated to healthcare charities

VAT collected on donated personal protective equipment (PPE) will be given to charities supporting the NHS and care workers, the government has announced

Insight / Watchdog probes inactive animal charity

The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into an inactive charity for horses, after discovering it still owns a property which is now at financial risk

Insight / Charity watchdog probes Peace TV funder

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Birmingham-based Islamic Research Foundation International to examine continued concerns about the administration of the charity, which funds Peace TV

Insight / Regulator opens second inquiry at connected Birmingham charities

The Charity Commission has opened a new statutory inquiry and appointed an interim manager at the Al-Hijrah Trust, which is connected to another charity with the same name, over concerns that charity properties are at risk

Insight / Regulator to examine finances at animal rescue charity

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into the Barry Green Memorial Fund, over concerns about governance and financial management at the charity, which provides grants for rescuing and supporting animals that have been cruelly treated

Insight / Regulator investigates housing charity over ‘luxury’ spending

The Charity Commission has opened a probe into a housing and homelessness charity, The Ashley Foundation, citing serious financial concerns

Tax / BrightHR launches Furlough Navigator to support UK businesses

BrightHR, the international HR software and employment law advice service, has launched an interactive online tool called Furlough Navigator, designed to help businesses manage reporting and compliance for the highly complex Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Insight / Covid-19: £750m extra emergency support for frontline charities

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £750m package of support to ensure charities, including hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims, can continue vital work during the coronavirus outbreak

Accounting / Covid-19: charity SORP guidance issued

Charity trustees and preparers of charity accounts have been given new guidance by the SORP-making body, looking at the potential impact of the control measures to contain Covid-19 on their financial reporting, reports Pat Sweet

Insight / Q&A: what does UK lockdown mean for employers?

Now that the UK is in a complete nationwide lockdown, enforceable by law, Paul Holcroft, associate director at HR and employment law consultancy Croner, examines five key questions for employers to consider when employees are forced to home work

Tax / Government to pay 80% of salary for furloughed workers

The Chancellor has set out plans for a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to underwrite 80% of the salaries of workers if they have to be temporarily laid off, but the system could be open to abuse and details are limited, reports Sara White

Accounting / Charity annual return service open for 2020 accounts

The Charity Commission has released the 2020 charity annual return service to allow charities to start submitting annual accounts for 2019 year ends online

Insight / Pastor of religious charity must pay back £50k

The charity watchdog has ruled that an absence of trustees at the Redeemed Christian Church of God New Life Assembly left it without a governing body, leading to misappropriation of funds
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