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

Accounting / Shake-up of SORP charity accounting committee finalised

Regions and small charities will have more influence over the development of charity accounting rules following an overhaul of the Charities SORP committee but the number of members is barely reduced

Insight / Bristol housing charity underreported thousands in income

The trustees of a housing charity branded the ‘most prosecuted landlords in the UK’ have been found responsible for misconduct by the Charity Commission

Accounting / Why charity accounts should tell the story better

Transparent financial reporting in annual charity accounts produces more meaningful information and underpins their long-term stability, but how do you achieve this? Jonathan Orchard, partner, Sayer Vincent examines the key issues to consider when finalising charity accounts

Insight / Charity pair in doghouse over accounting failures

The charity watchdog has disqualified a married couple who were former trustees of a dog charity for serious misconduct, which meant over £300,000 in donations was unaccounted for

Insight / Regulator kicks off inquiry into governance at football charity

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into the Professional Footballers’ Association Charity (PFAC) following concerns about governance and trustee conflicts of interest