News from the Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has updated is guidance to support charities in responding to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its impacts.

The guidance includes:

  • Government financial support for charities
  • Charity meetings
  • Insolvency help for charitable companies and charitable incorporated organisations
  • Mergers and collaborative working
  • Managing financial difficulties, using reserves and restricted funds
  • Keeping people safe
  • Fundraising and coronavirus appeals
  • Working with a company or business to help with coronavirus
  • …and more.

The biggest changes included in the update are around alterations to the process for filing extensions for annual returns. Wherever possible, they request that annual return, reports and accounts are filed on time. However, where Covid-19 has impacted on an otherwise compliant charity’s ability to do this, they have given a filing extension.

They will be contacting all charities with a filing extension that was in place by 30 June 2021. These charities will need to meet their filing commitments by 30 September 2021 From 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021, if you have an imminent filing date and you are unable to meet your filing obligation for a Covid-19 related reason, you can still apply for a new filing extension. They will allow a fixed 3-month extension from the date of your application.

Ask about extensions (including charity name and number) by email: filingextension@charitycommission.gov.uk 

Find the full guidance here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

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