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queen's speech - charities will be able to claim top-up payments on up to £5,000 of small donations without gift aid declarations

It was announced today in the Queen's Speech that charities will be able to claim top-up payments on up to £5,000 of small donations without gift aid declarations. This new scheme will boost income for charities and help reduce their administrative burdens. This proposal will come into effect from April 2013 with a top up payment of 25p for every £1 collected in the UK. This will apply where individuals donate £20 or less. The main charities that will see benefit are likely to be the smaller organisations who rely on bucket collections

firewalk for winston's wish

On 12 May 2012 I will be taking part in a firewalk challenge to raise funds for Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity. This special event is being held at the Jackie Stewart Pavillion Paddocks, Goodwood Motor Circuit. A team of firewalk professionals will provide me and other fundraisers with 2 hours of training before we embark on this amazing challenge.

spofforths' client supports the battle against blood cancer

Don Wales, a long-term Spofforths client is set to make a special presentation about the Bluebird K7 at a fundraising event for the Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA) on 16 May 2012. It is being held at a private motor museum in Surrey and I will be joining Don for the evening. All funds raised will help to cover the cost of two new pieces of equipment for the Haematology Department at King’s College Hospital in London, where health experts are developing new treatments for blood cancers.

bluebird raises vital funds for charity

Spofforths' client Don Wales made a fantastic presentation about the Bluebird K7, on 16 May 2012, at a charity event for the Lions International Blood Research Appeal. I joined 90 guests at a private motor museum in Surrey to hear Don speak about his Bluebird team and plans for a centenary celebration this year. He also gave a heartfelt account of his uncle, Donald Campbell’s, fatal accident on Coniston Water.

a fantastic turnaround in charity fortunes

It seems that the chancellor has come to his senses and finally listened to charities with his latest u turn. He has now indicated that he will abandon the plan to cap relief on charitable donations announced on 21 March.

rathbones' annual charity symposium

Join Spofforths’ Partner Mark Spofforth for the Rathbones’ Annual Charity Symposium at the British Museum in London, on Wednesday 12 September 2012. It is a challenging time for Trustees given the current economic climate, and Trustees and their advisers are being encouraged to attend the event to enjoy some topical discussion and share ideas.

charity tax

I am pleased to see that the government have announced a u-turn on the charity tax announced in the budget. The planned cap of 25% or £50,000 (whichever is higher) on higher rate tax payers tax relief will still go ahead in April as planned but will now exclude the relief given on their charitable donations.

Spofforths enter Worthing dragon boat race 2012

We are looking forward to the Worthing Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday 29 July and have a team of paddlers taking part to raise funds for the Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service. In our 40-foot Dragon Boat, team ‘Spofforths’ will compete in a series of races on Brooklands Lake in Lancing. The event will be opened at 9.45am by the Mayor of Worthing, the Chairman of Adur District Council and Tim Loughton MP.

Spofforths support dizzy golf day

Hope you are all enjoying this glorious sunshine, let's hope it's like this for the dizzy: Support for Diabetes golf day next Friday 3rd August 2012, this year being held at the fabulous Chichester Golf Club (Hunston).

Spofforths row for charity

There was a great atmosphere at Brooklands Pleasure Park in Lancing, on Sunday 29 July, as we took to the water for the Worthing Dragon Boat Festival 2012. Our fantastic team of paddlers and a drummer raced against 18 other dragon boats to help raise funds for the Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service. So far generous sponsors have donated £570 and we still hope to reach our £1,000 target.

Lord Hodgson's review of charities act 2006 giving back to charities

The long-awaited report from Lord Hodgson reviewing the Charities Act 2006 has been published. The statutory review was established to look into specific aspects of the 2006 Act and whether further changes to the legal and regulatory framework for charities were desirable. Lord Hodgson, makes over 100 recommendations, which he hopes will be considered. Some are uncontroversial; others are described as breaking new ground. Mark Spofforth will be providing an update on the regulatory framework and expected changes resulting in this review at Rathbones’ Annual Charity Symposium at the British Museum in London, on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

Charity Commission publishes new guidance on disaster relief appeals

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales, has published new guidance on starting, running and supporting charitable disaster appeals. It is intended to provide information and advice to charities as well as members of the public who want to give much needed help to people affected by a disaster or other humanitarian crisis.

Spofforths sponsor charity of the year award

To celebrate the launch of the County Times Community Awards 2012 and our
sponsorship of the Charity of the Year category, Director of Spofforths
Private Client Services Philip Lansberry recently featured in the paper. At
Spofforths we work with many charities and Philip told the West Sussex
County Times what an important role they play in our community and how proud
he is to be involved with these awards.

Charity Commission releases audio podcasts to help trustees

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, yesterday launched the first in a new series of audio podcasts, designed to help charity trustees develop their understanding of their duties under charity law. Click here to find out more.

Key issues faced by charity treasurers

The October edition of Sussex Life is now in print and features our Tax Consultant, Jo White, who looks at some key issues that charity treasurers might face. Jo was asked to produce the case study style feature that is sure to benefit those who seek specialist charity advice. You can read the full article which appears on page 277 by clicking here.

New online guide to introduce new trustees to duties

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published an online Trustees Handbook aims to help charities ensure a smooth handover between departing and newly appointed trustees. The guide also informs new trustees about their duties and responsibilities towards their charities and explains how to make use of the Commission’s online services and guidance.

Supporting Children in Need 2012

We look forward to taking part in a Bowling Bonanza, on Thursday 15 November, in aid of Children in Need. We have two teams competing in the charity event which is being held at AMF Worthing. Organisers, Bennett Griffin, hope to raise in excess of £2,500.

Christmas Cheer for Charities in Horsham

To celebrate the festive season, we are delighted to sponsor Horsham’s Christmas Charity Market for the fourth year. The special event is being held at the Carfax on Sunday 25 November from 10am to 4pm. Organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham in association with Horsham District Council, there will be a great programme of activities.

Charitable advice at Christmas

Christmas is coming and our nearest and dearest and close friends are very much in our thoughts.

A Heartwarming Awards Evening in Horsham

It was a pleasure to attend the West Sussex County Times Community Awards last night, Tuesday 20 November, and enjoy an evening of celebrations. We joined other event sponsors at Horsham’s Capitol Theatre to honour those who make a huge difference to our community. It was a very emotional evening as various category winners talked about their work and experiences.

Charity Trading

Contrary to popular belief charities are able to carry out trading activities - and many do. The income from the sale of goods and services by the voluntary and community sector now makes up over half of the sector's incoming resources.

However there are significant tax implications to a charity's ability to trade.

New charity status is now open to applicants

A new legal status for charities is now available as the Charity Commission are accepting applications to register as charitable incorporated organisations (CIO).

Sarah Ediss talks about charities carrying out trading activities

In the latest edition of Sussex Life, Spofforths’ Partner Sarah Ediss provides charities with some useful advice about trading. Many charities do carry out trading activities and it is vital that they are aware of the tax implications

Horsham Pancake Races

A record number of teams entered the Horsham Pancake Races, on 19 February 2013, and we really enjoyed taking part. The annual event, organised by Horsham Rotary and the District Council, was held in the Carfax and compered by children’s television personality Dave Benson Phillips.

Charity Trustees Training Day

We are co-hosting an educational seminar for charity trustees with Rathbones on Thursday 25 April 2013. The event at Pallant House Gallery, in Chichester, will begin with a morning of discussion followed by lunch.

Helpful tips for Charities

Today we co-hosted a seminar for charity trustees alongside Rathbones Investment Managers.

Charity Commission invites feedback on draft guidance

The Charity Commission has opened an informal discussion on ‘new draft guidance for trustees about how to manage conflicts of interest’. This is so the principles and practical steps are explained in a clearer way.

The Charity Commission has warned charities about accepting suspect donations

A number of charities have unfortunately been the subject of donation scams. The scam usually involves a large donation being made on the condition the charity sends half of it onto another specified charity in another country.

Spofforths Sponsor a second successful Horsham Garden Music Festival

The Horsham Garden Music Festival is a local charity that was established last year for the purpose of putting on a series of summer music events in the Human Nature Garden.

A helping hand for charities

From local church groups to international aid organisations, charities have a myriad of regulatory and compliance issues to contend with as they strive to deliver their core charitable objectives.

12 Hour Zumbathon to support Children’s Hospice

On 25th August commencing at midnight; Spofforths are sponsoring a 12 hour Zumbathon to raise awareness for Children’s Hospice Chestnut Tree House based in Arundel.

Spofforths help raise over £10,000 for Children's Hospice

Spofforths sponsored a 12 hour Zumbathon to raise awareness for Children’s Hospice; Chestnut Tree House which commenced at midnight on Sunday 25th August.

Giraffes in Horsham

Spofforths are joining many other Horsham businesses and sponsoring a giraffe in a project run by Horsham Unlimited alongside Horsham Rotary. The Spofforths’ giraffe will be decorated by Collyers 6th Form College, signed by a celebrity, and then displayed in Swan Walk shopping centre. There will also be a parade of the giraffes through the town centre during half term.

Horsham’s Stick Your Neck Out Giraffe Trail

Horsham’s giraffe trail begins On Saturday 26th October from 10.30am and all 51 giraffes will be paraded through Horsham Town Centre starting in Swan Walk. Weather permitting; they will visit the Carfax, Pirie’s Place, Park Walk, East Street, Market Square, Middle Street, The Forum, and West Street before departing for their temporary homes in locations around the town, where they will be on view to the public. Everyone is then able to follow the giraffe trail to guess the names and admire all the beautiful designs.

Spofforths Employee Represents England at the European Tenpin Bowling Championships

Spofforths Lisa John has just returned from representing England at the European Champions Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia. This event is for Europe’s best bowlers to compete on a level playing field to determine the best of the best.

West Sussex Community Awards Tonight

The West Sussex Community Awards are taking place tonight at The Capitol in Horsham and Spofforths Partner Sarah Ediss and Director of Private Client Services Phil Lansberry will be attending to present the award for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year category.

Going for Gold Geoff – Set 4 Success



Spofforths Staff Raised Over £600 for Children in Need 2013

On Friday 15 November, Spofforths offices participated in Children in Need. Apart from the usual dress down day, each of the offices also devised their own activities to contribute to this worthy cause.

Carrying back Gift Aid donations to the previous tax year

Individuals can ask for Gift Aid donations to be treated as being paid in the previous tax year. If they have made gift aid donations in 2013/14 already, or make them before 31 January 2014, the amounts can be carried back to relieve higher rate (or additional rate) taxed income in the previous tax year. Specifically, additional rate taxpayers with taxable income in excess of £150,000 should consider a carry back since the top rate of tax dropped from 50% in 2012/13 to 45% in 2013/14 so the same gift can generate greater tax savings through carry back.

Charity Shops and Gift Aid

Many people make donations of unwanted clothes and other goods to charity shops. If you have done this in recent years you will almost certainly have been asked by the staff in the shop if you want to Gift Aid your donation. This may come as a bit of a surprise because you were of the opinion that Gift Aid applied only to gifts of money! Actually you were quite right – Gift Aid is only applicable to gifts of money. This does not mean that what the charity shop is asking you to do is to take part in some tax avoidance scheme but there are some misconceptions on both sides about what is actually happening here.

Spofforths Partner Mark Spofforth Receives OBE

Spofforths are very proud to announce that Mark Spofforth, Chichester Partner has received an OBE in the 2014 Honours list for his service to the accountancy profession.

Spofforths Employee Maria has her TV Debut!

Maria Henderson, from the Spofforths Brighton Office performed with her group The Sleigh Belles on ITV’s This Morning on 20th December.

What Is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is growing in popularity as a new channel of fundraising for thousands of nonprofits in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. If you're unfamiliar with it let us explain more ...

Crowdfunding For The Charity Sector

Crowdfunding is a new source of funding which uses social networking platforms to raise funds. The most popular “platforms” or websites currently being used are “Kickstarter” which tends to be for creative projects, “Indiegogo”, “Crowdfunder” and “Crowdcube” which is an equity based platform.

Leaving a Charitable Gift in your Will

"Remember A Charity in your Will Week" is an annual awareness week designed to encourage more people to take a moment to consider leaving a gift to charity when writing a Will.

Is your Church HMRC Compliant?

With another financial year-end of Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) having just flown by we are being reminded of the HMRC legislation on payments made to Organists.

Following on from the decisions of three Employment Tribunal cases, Organists are now to be regarded as employees and not self-employed. The Church of England tried to argue that an Organist remains self-employed, but lost the case. This situation has prevailed since 2007/08. The Local Religious Centre exemption became defunct as of 6 April 2013.

Spofforths visit the House of Commons

Partner Sarah Ediss, Tax Consultant Jo White and I joined 70 other business women from Mumpreneurs yesterday for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.

Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO)

Last month a final release came into place stating all unincorporated charities are now able to convert to Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs). The CIOs aim is to act as the ‘middle man’ between a charitable company and an unincorporated charity, giving trustees limited liability without being tied down by Company law.

Spofforths Horsham Office take part in charity pancake race

Four Spofforths employees from the Horsham office are taking part in the annual pancake race in Horsham’s town centre tomorrow afternoon. The race is in the form of a relay and each member must complete the course whilst flipping their pancakes and adding lemon and sugar along the way.

Horsham Annual Charity Pancake Race

The pancake race took place on Tuesday in Horsham’s Town Centre with an excellent turn out considering the weather!

Spofforths Partner attends Dame Vera Lynn Trust Swing Ball

I was delighted to be able to attend the Dame Vera Lynn Swing ball on Saturday night at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. The Dame Vera Lynn Trust runs two schools for Cerebral Palsy both here locally in West Sussex and another one in Norfolk. The evening consisted of a mixture of singing and dancing until the early hours with both ‘The Regular Joes’, an 11-piece swing and jive band and ‘The Swingtime Sisters’. They, together with Blake, Peter Andre and Hayley Westernra are firm supporters of this worthwhile cause.

Spofforths partner presents Dressed for Success Winner

Spofforths were the proud sponsors of ‘Dressed for Success’, which took place on 27 February. Dressed for Success is an exciting Horsham Unlimited (Town Centre Business Partnership) campaign, which, focuses on using business windows to inspire and delight Horsham customers. Shop fronts compete to have the best dressed window, and this year’s winner was ‘La Vida’, which is located in Pirie’s Place in Horsham Town centre.

Paying Trustees

One of the overriding characteristics of a charity is the willingness of trustees to donate their time free of charge or with only their basic expenses covered. This is important in order to maintain trust and confidence in the charity. If a charity departs from this it is important that they carefully consider not only that they have the authority to make the payments but whether a payment to a Trustee is in the best interests of the charity.

Spofforths to Speak at Dementia Workshops

Philip Lansberry, Director of Spofforths Private Client Services will be presenting at a dementia workshop on Thursday 19 June

Beyond the Stereotype – Understanding Autism

Director of Spofforths Private Client Services Philip Lansberry spoke at the World Autism Day event on Wednesday 2 April, held at the Roffey Millennium Hall, Horsham.

New crowdfunding scheme for social enterprises announced

A new crowdfunding scheme, due to begin the end of May 2014 developed by the Unity Trust Bank and The Community Development Finance Association has been announced.

Despite media scrutiny charities optimism is increasing

The not for profit sector has been under scrutiny from the media in recent months and in response are trying to become more transparent with regards to fundraising.

The charity register is being revamped

The Charity Commission is due to launch a new version of the online register of Charities in England and Wales. The register is due to be redesigned and extra information will include whether a charity belongs to the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) and details from the updated annual returns.

Spofforths join in Brighton fun run in support of research into male cancers

Staff from Spofforths Brighton and Worthing offices spent their Sunday running in the Brighton Big Balls fun run in order to raise money for research into male cancers.

Charities pension scheme deficit gets reviewed

The Charity Commission has identified 740 charities with income over £500,000 whose accounts showed a pension scheme deficit and randomly selected 97 of these for a more detailed review.

Charity Commission revise public guidance on conflicts of interest

On the 15 May 2014 the Charity Commission published revised public guidance on conflicts of interest for charity trustees.

St Catherine’s Hospice Make a Will Fortnight

Spofforths Private Client Services once again took part in St. Catherine’s Hospice Make a Will fortnight from 12 to 23 May 2014. Director of Spofforths Private Client Services Philip Lansberry and Private Client Consultant Kai Lei Lee offered a number of appointments free of charge for people to make or update their Will. Rather than paying for the service, donations were made to St Catherine’s Hospice.

New accounting standards for charities

On 22 May the FRC Board considered and approved the SORP for the new Financial Reporting Standard (FRS 102) and the SORP for Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (FRSSE).

Charity Commission Publishes New Audio Podcasts

The Charity Commission has today published two new audio podcasts, designed to help charity trustees understand their duties under charity law and deal with challenges that arise.

Setting up a Charity

There are many different structures for undertaking charitable activities and the charity commission has issued new practical guidance (CC21a) on how to choose a structure and guidance (CC22a) on how to write your governing document. These core documents are accompanied by more detailed guidance on writing charitable purposes, choosing a charity name, recruiting trustees and applying to register.

Spofforths Partner mentors aspiring baker in Cherie Blair Foundation

Spofforths partner Alison jones was approached by the Cherie Blair foundation to become a mentor to women in business and has passed the assessment stage with flying colours.

Charity Commission launches Consultation

The Charity Commission has launched an eight-week consultation on a number of proposals for changes to the Annual Return for 2015. The charity commission says it is continuing to focus on what is needed to support its regulatory work effectively, and has developed a number of proposals for changes to the annual return for 2015, including some additional questions.

Spofforths Sponsor Adur & Worthing Business Awards 2014

Spofforths are proud to be sponsoring the overall business category at the Adur & Worthing Business awards 2014

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

The Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 received Royal Assent in May 2014.

New Charity accounting framework announced

The two new charity SORPs to be used for financial years beginning 1 January 2015 were published today - one for FRSSE and one for FRS102 entities. The new SORPs provide a comprehensive framework for charity accounting that all charities that prepare accrual accounts must follow.

Spofforths Partner is finalist of Lifetime Achievement category of Natwest Venus Awards

Spofforths are proud to announce that Alison Jones, partner from our Brighton office has been announced a finalist at this year’s Venus awards.

Social Investment Tax Relief

Following announcements made in the Autumn Statement 2013, the Government has launched a new tax relief scheme for social investment, which encourages individuals to support social enterprises and also helps social enterprises gain new sources of finance. The Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) is being enacted into law in Finance Bill 2014 and will apply to qualifying investments made from 6 April 2014.

Spofforths Sponsor The Argus Community Stars Awards

Spofforths are delighted to be sponsoring the Argus Community Stars Awards, which is now in its 13th year and is launching today. The awards highlight all those who deserve recognition for their selfless, brave or generous actions over the past year.

Charity Commission says some charities are failing to address risk in annual report

The Charity commission's latest accounts monitoring review has looked at accounts with net current liabilities. They found that of the 98 accounts reviewed nearly half (42) failed to address the risk in their annual report.

Spofforths Sponsor an audience with Michael Morpurgo at Arundel Festival

Spofforths are proud to be sponsoring an audience with Michael Morpurgo, author of the bestselling novel, War Horse at the Arundel Festival 2014. Michael will talk about his life making stories and about his brand new novel, ‘Listen to the Moon’. He will also read from ‘Only Remembered’, which is a collection of writing about the First World War.

Worthing Food and Drink Festival 2014

Spofforths are proud to advertise at this year’s Worthing Food & Drink festival which is taking place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August and the Pavilion Theatre and Worthing Seafront.

Tour of Britain Comes to Horsham & Brighton

The Tour of Britain is coming to Horsham on Saturday 13 September. The tour has been travelling around the UK in stages and stage 7 brings the cyclists right through Horsham at approximately 12pm.

Spofforths Host Worthing Invitation Cup 2014

Spofforths are hoping to successfully defend their title at the annual Worthing Invitation Cup which is taking place at Worthing Golf Club on Friday 12 September.

Charity Commission Urges Charities to Report Serious Incidents

The Charity Commission has issued an alert to charities as it believes that serious incidents are under reported. This prevents the Commission from assessing the full scale and nature of risks facing charities.

Andrew Dunlop is a finalist for Lifetime Achievement award at the Southern Business Awards 2014

Spofforths Consultant Andrew Dunlop is a finalist for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Johnston Press Southern Business Awards.

Set4Success Awards Ceremony - Friday 26 September 2014

Horsham District’s Set4Success annual awards ceremony is taking place tomorrow at South Lodge, Lower Beeding and Spofforths are delighted to be a sponsor.

Charity Commission announces changes to annual return

The Charity Commission has today announced changes to the annual return financial years ending in 2015. The aim is to give more information to identify risk and ensure sufficient information is available to make confident decisions about charities.

HMRC consulting on draft legislation for Community Amateur Sports Clubs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a consultation on new draft legislation which sets out the qualifying conditions for community amateur sports clubs (CASCs), because a previous consultation revealed some clubs find the current rules confusing.

Trustees' Week 2014

Don’t forget that Trustees’ Week 2014 runs 10-16 November. It is now in its fifth year and raises awareness of trusteeship, celebrates the great work trustees do and encourages people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. It’s not too late to get involved - attend a local event, get involved in a Twitter Q&A or contribute to the website! Checkout the Trustees’ Week website which has lots of useful information and details of events or follow @trusteesweek for more information.

The Argus Community Stars Awards 2014 are tomorrow night

Spofforths partner Alison jones is looking forward to attending the Argus Community Stars Awards ceremony tomorrow night at the Theatre Royal in Brighton.

Successful Charity Seminar

We have received very positive feedback from the delegates who attended our recent Charity Seminar yesterday. The Seminar, co-hosted with leading law firm Blake Morgan, focussed on the importance of preparing for succession of trustees, policies and strategies to deal with trust and important regulatory changes facing charities.

Christmas Cracker Charities Market – Sunday 30 November 2014

Spofforths are delighted to be sponsoring the Rotary Club of Horsham’s Christmas Charity Market being held on Sunday 30 November 10am – 4pm. The market will be located in The Carfax, Horsham.

Charities warned about risk from property issues

According to the Charity Property Matters Survey 2014, almost 50% of report that property issues are the greatest risk to their long-term survival.

Spofforths support Dame Vera Lynn Trust's Will Writing Week

Spofforths Private Clients Services once again supported the Dame Vera Lynn Trust in their Will Writing Week. Director of Spofforths Private Client Services Philip Lansberry and Private Client Consultant Kai Lei Lee offered a number of appointments free of charge for people to make or update their Will. Rather than people paying for the service, donations were made to the Dame Vera Lynn Trust and a total of £970 was raised for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Mark Spofforth appointed member of New Charities Commission SORP Committee

We are delighted to announce that Mark Spofforth has been appointed a member of The Charity Commission’s new SORP committee. Mark has a large portfolio of Charity sector clients and also serves as a Charity Trustee and Treasurer, so he is well aware of the issues that Trustees face on a day-to-day basis. Mark works closely with charity clients to help them through the changing economic and regulatory climate.

A lasting gift at Christmas

In time honoured tradition our thoughts at Christmas often focus on spending precious time with family and friends, sending and receiving Christmas cards, feasting, singing carols and supporting charities and others less fortunate than ourselves. In Horsham food parcels are being handed out and the night shelter has already opened its doors to its first two winter visitors.

Charity Commission publishes guide on changing governing documents

The Charity Commission has published a detailed guide on changing a charities governing document by scheme.

Charities urged to plan now for FRS102

Following changes to financial reporting charities will need to decide which of the charity SORP’s they are to use for accounting periods starting on or after 1 January 2015. The smaller FRSSE SORP is for charities with fewer than 50 employees, an annual income of less than £6.5m and total assets of £3.26m or less, all other charities will need to use the FRS102 SORP for larger charities. In a recent consultation, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is seeking views on whether the FRSSE should be withdrawn in the next year. Regardless of the outcome of this consultation, it will be withdrawn anyway in 2016.

Permanent Endowment Funds

The Charity Commission has updated its detailed guide on permanent endowment funds to clarify the rules for companies and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs).

Charity Commission releases guide on how to register a charity

The Charity Commission has released a detailed guide on how to register a charity. Usually you must register a charity with the charity commission when your charity has over £5,000 of income in the year, unless you are a charitable incorporated organisation which must register whatever its income.

New Charity Commission tool to assess resilience against fraud

The Charity Commission is encouraging larger charities (with turnover more than £1m) to make use of a free tool aimed at helping them assess their resilience against fraud. It is based around 29 questions and allows an organisation to establish how well it is protected against fraud.

2015 Charities Online Annual Return Released

The 2015 updated online annual return for charities has now been released. The annual return collects data to update the register of charities, and helps the Charity Commission to hold charities to account on behalf of the public.

Budget 2015 - Gift Aid available on street collections by charities increased

From 6 April 2016 the maximum annual amount which can be claimed through the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme has increased from £5,000 to £8,000 giving a charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs, an income boost of up to £2000 a year.

Impact of Charities SORP 2015 for independent schools

FRS102 is introducing one of the biggest changes we have seen in accounting standards. This will be implemented by charities through the new SORP 2015 applicable for financial years commencing on or after 1 January 2015

New Charity audit thresholds come into force on 31 March 2015

The Government has recently announced changes to charity audit thresholds which come into force on 31 March 2015. These changes include increasing the basic audit threshold from £500,000 to £1 million, meaning less charities will be required to have their accounts formally audited, although an Independent Examination may be required.

Do the increase in charity audit thresholds affect you?

There are changes to audit thresholds for charity accounts in England and Wales with years ending on or after 31 March 2015.

New VAT rebate for palliative care charities introduced

Palliative care charities are now able to reclaim the VAT they incur on purchases made to support their charitable activities.

Set4Sucess fundraising sports night a great success

The charity Set4Success, supporting local young sports stars achieve their dreams, are organising a series of team sports challenges in 2015.

Watch out for fraudsters warns Charity Commission

The Charity Commission is reminding charities and the public to be careful and look out for scams where fraudsters try to obtain bank details.

House of Lords introduces Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 28 May 2015

Government announces changes to charity audit exemption limits

The Government has recently announced changes to charity law that will allow more charities to become audit exempt.

Spofforths support Albion in the Community (AITC)

Brighton and Hove Albion staff who are cycling to Paris to raise funds for the Seagulls’ official charity have received a £1,000 donation from Spofforths.

Charity Commission issues guidance on charity reporting and accounting

The Charity Commission has issued Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials March 2015 (CC15c).

Charity Commission updates guidance on trustee responsibilities

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance ‘ The essential trustee’. The guidance explains what the regulator expects of trustees and outlines their responsibilities, and is a very widely read and used piece of guidance.

Charity Commission review shows some charities are understating expenditure

The Charity Commission recently carried out a review of over 180 Trustee's Annual Reports and accounts. In a report published earlier today the regular announced that some charities spent less than 10% of their income for the year in question on charitable activities. 57% of the charities reviewed were able to provide explanations for the low expenditure but 43% charities were found to be significantly underreporting.

Charity Commission announces changes to 2016 Annual Return

The Charity Commission has announced the 2016 annual return will require charities with an income of £500,000 and over, to reflect the changes needed as a result of the new SORP.

Prince's Countryside Fund available for charities and rural organisations

The Prince's Countryside Fund is now open for applications.

Charities SORP consultation closes

The Charity SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) consultation process, which reviewed the changes in company accounting resulting from the implementation of the EU Accounting Directive, ended on 18 September.

Stricter fundraising rules for charities

Earlier today the recommendations of the government commissioned review of charity fundraising called for stricter control within sector.

Spofforths help to raise funds for St Barnabas

The prestigious BG Beach Volleyball Tournament 2015 took place on Friday 21 September 2015 at Coast Café volleyball courts in Worthing. The tournament was organised by Bennett Griffin in aid of St Barnabas Hospice, with a total of £400.00 raised through entry fees alone.

Small Charities Fundraising Training Programme launched

The Government has announced a new Small Charities Fundraising programme which will provide expert training to small charities with an annual income up to £1 million. The aim is to help generate more income and support for small charities.

Charity Commission announces consultation to file digital accounts

The Charity Commission, independent regulator of charities, in conjunction with the Financial Reporting Council have now launched a new consultation enabling charities to file digital accounts with the commission, making charity data more accessible.

Charity Commission issues updated guidance for fee-charging education charities

Following their letter to the Independent Schools Council (ISC), which was published in July, the Charity Commission has today issued updated guidance concerning public benefit.

Spofforths raise funds for "Wear it Pink" breast cancer research

Spofforths are proud to have taken part in “Wear it Pink” on 23 October and raised funds in support of breast cancer research.

HMRC issues new gift aid declaration

HMRC has just published a new model gift aid declaration which contains a clearer call to action demonstrating the value of making a gift aid claim.

National Trustees’ Week Trustees’ Week runs 2-8 November 2015

The 6th annual celebration of Trustees’ Week, launched at NCVO/BWB trustee conference this week, highlights the great work that trustees do and encourages people from all walks of life to get involved on charity boards.

The Charity Commission highlights importance of governing document

As part of Trustees week the Charity Commission are reminding Trustees of the importance of their governing document, being a constitution, trust deed or articles of association. The Charity Commission get many questions from Trustees when the answers can be obtained from the governing document.

Lord Grade appointed interim chair of new Fundraising Regulator

Earlier today The Cabinet Office announced the appointment of Lord Grade as interim chair of the new fundraising regulator.

Spofforths raise funds for Children in Need

After taking part in fundraising activities last Friday we are delighted to announce we raised £685 for Children in Need.

Charity Commission highlights Financial Action Task Force consultation

The Charity Commission is issuing an alert to charities to draw their attention to the Financial Action Task Force’s public consultation to consider amendments and updates to its Interpretative Note for Recommendation 8 focused on non-profit organisations and the risk of terrorist abuse.

Charity Commission report suggests charities may be overstating governance costs

The Charity Commission published a report today suggesting that many charities may be incorrectly overstating their governance costs in their public annual returns or accounts.

Loans to trustees of charitable trusts

In yesterday's Autumn Statement The Chancellor made an announcement concerning loans to trustees of charitable trusts.

Chancellor announces change to Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS)

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows eligible charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs to claim a Gift Aid style payment on small cash donations of up to £20.

Chancellor announces housing associations to pilot right to buy scheme

George Osborne announced that five housing associations will begin a pilot into right-to-buy.

Charity Commission publishes revised governance framework

Following an independent review of the Charity Commission’s governance framework they have published a revised and updated governance framework.

Charities Bill to have second reading in House of Commons

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons tomorrow.

Charity Commission opens consultation about trustees responsibilities

The Charity Commission has just opened a consultation on Charities and Fundraising (updating CC20) which is a guide to trustees on their responsibilities in the fundraising context.

Charity Commission welcomes support for Charities Bill second reading

William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, says he is delighted that the Charities Bill received strong cross-party support at today’s Second Reading debate.

Charity Commission releases Winter Newsletter

The winter 2015 Charity Commission quarterly newsletter has just been released. It contains useful articles on reducing fraud in the charity sector, tackling abuse and mismanagement in charities, correctly reporting governance costs, understanding your governing document and details on the updated fundraising guidance and consultation.

Charity Commission highlights the need for charities to be aware of sophisticated scams

The Charity Commission is again highlighting the need for charities to be aware of increasingly sophisticated scams resulting in fraud.

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill passes through Houses of Parliament

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill passed through the last stage of the Houses of Parliament last week.

Charity Commission live-stream public meeting – Southampton Solent University Monday 29th February 11am-3pm

The Charity Commission are to live-stream their next public meeting in Southampton.

Spofforths sponsor Horsham Life Saving Club workshops

Spofforths are pleased to be sponsoring the Horsham Life Saving Club who are running Free Save a Baby’s Life workshops at The Holbrook Club on 13,20 March and 3 April 2016.

Shipley Arts Festival 2016

Spofforths are delighted to be sponsoring the Shipley Arts Festival 2016, which will be running a series of concerts during the year:

Charities now able to file accounts online at Companies House

After a successful consultation carried out by the Charity Commission an the Financial Reporting Council charities are now able to submit their accounts digitally to Companies House.

Charity Commission alerts Charities to review commercial relationships

The Charity commission has issued an alert to all charities to review their commercial relationships.

Charity Commission undertakes property survey

If your charity has property you may want to be involved in the property survey being undertaken by the Charity Commission working with Ethical Property Foundation.

The Charity Commission warns charities to be aware of online extortion or ransom demands

The Charity Commission are concerned that charities are aware of online extortion or ‘ransom’ demands currently affecting UK businesses

Charity Commission alerts charities to be ready for the new digital annual return

The Charity Commission is expecting to launch the annual return 2016 in April as part of its new digital plan to help charity trustees meet their needs.

Charity Commission releases digital online registration service

The charity commission releases the first of its new digital services with the aim of becoming ‘digital by default’. The new digital registration service has a re-designed application form, making guidance more accessible and the process quicker.

Charity Commission reminds charities to be aware of online extortion demands

The Charity Commission issued a reminder today to charities that operate overseas about extortion and ransom demands.

Charity Commission releases 2015/16 annual return

The Charity Commission has published the 2015/16 annual return. The return is mandatory for registered charities with an income of more than £10,000 and for all charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs). Completed annual returns must be submitted within ten months of the end of the financial year to which they apply.

The Office for Civil Society announces new match funding to encourage donations to local charities

Earlier this week the Office for Civil Society announced new match funding to encourage donations to local charities and community groups in England. The Society is inviting applications to deliver the funding through a national campaign. “The Local Charities and Community Groups Match Fund” will provide funding of at least £250,000.

Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) to merge with Institute of Fundraising

In a statement released on 16 August the PFRA announced that 96 per cent of its members voted to merge with the Institute of Finance (IoF).

We support "Remember a charity in your Will week"

Spofforths Private Client Services are proud to support for ‘Remember a Charity in your Will Week’ (12 – 18 September 2016). The week, organised by Remember A Charity, aims to increase awareness of the importance of charitable legacies, and encourage more people to think about including a good cause in their Will, after they have looked after family and friends.

Treasury announces proposed changes to Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

During the second reading of the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill last week, the Treasury announced a number of provisions intended to widen the access of the Scheme, which has so far failed to achieve the Government’s prediction of 100,000 charities benefiting by £240m.

Day 1 - Trustee Responsibilities

To help support trustees and their fantastic work Kreston Reeves are pleased to be part of Trustees Week and will post an article each day - which we hope will be of interest to the many trustees out there. This first article outlines the key points of which all trustees and potential trustees should be aware of.

Day 2 - Trustees’ annual report- enrich the message

To help support trustees and their fantastic work Kreston Reeves are pleased to be part of Trustees Week and will post an article each day - which we hope will be of interest to the many trustees out there. The second article helps you to make the most of your Trustees’ annual report.

Day 3 - Treasurers and Finance Directors - making the relationship work

To help support trustees and their fantastic work Kreston Reeves are pleased to be part of Trustees Week and will post an article each day - which we hope will be of interest to the many trustees out there. The third article helps you consider what questions should be considered when building a relationship between the charity treasurer and finance director.

Day 4 - Questions trustees should consider when reviewing their charity's accounts

To help support trustees and their fantastic work Kreston Reeves are pleased to be part of Trustees Week and will post an article each day - which we hope will be of interest to the many trustees out there. The fourth article helps you consider what questions questions trustees should consider when reviewing their charity's accounts.

Day 5 - Internal controls and trustees’ responsibilities

To help support trustees and their fantastic work Kreston Reeves are pleased to be part of Trustees Week and will post an article each day - which we hope will be of interest to the many trustees out there. The fifth article highlights the main responsibilities of charity trustees, which include making sure funds are spent effectively and financial affairs are well managed.

Autumn statement - Charities

In today’s Autumn Statement the government committed a further £102 million of baking fines over the next four years to support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities as well as other related good causes. This money comes directly from the fines paid by banks found to have been involved in the Libor fixing back in 2012 and the government has been handing out this revenue to charities since 2012.

Autumn Statement – effects on the charitable sector

“The employment rate is at a record high and the deficit has fallen by almost two thirds. But more needs to be done.” So says the Executive Summary of the 2016 Autumn Statement. The government’s aims are to reduce the deficit further and increase productivity. The backdrop to these ambitions is a more uncertain economic outlook following the decision to leave the EU.

Spofforths trading as Kreston Reeves from January 2017

Following the merger of Spofforths and Kreston Reeves in June this year, Spofforths will trade as Kreston Reeves from January 2017.