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Commission Receives Annual £5m Interim Funding Boost

The Charity Commission publishes update on current and future funding model

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has been awarded funding from the Government of £5 million per year to help it respond to significant increases in demand on its core regulatory functions, including registration and compliance.

This funding has been awarded as a interim solution, while the Commission considers longer term, more sustainable funding models.

This includes the regulator consulting on whether the largest charities should make a modest contribution to the Commission’s enabling work, aimed at helping over half a million trustees across England and Wales manage their charities effectively and efficiently. The Commission now plans to launch a formal consultation later in the year.

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, says

The Charity Commission does vital work regulating this vibrant sector and ensuring the public can support charities with confidence.

I am delighted that this funding will mean the Commission can meet the increasing demands for its services and help charities continue to improve lives up and down the country. It is important that the sector continues to innovate, and this includes the Commission considering a range of funding models for the future.

William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, says:

I am pleased that the additional transitional funding from Government acknowledges the unprecedented rise in demand on the Commission’s services in recent years. The new money will help us continue to increase the effectiveness of our core regulatory functions in the short term, as we explore this longer term solutions.

It is right that we consider whether those in the sector with the broadest shoulders should make a contribution towards aspects of our work, and I am pleased that we will shortly be publishing a consultation on whether and how we do this. We would plan to use these funds to increase and improve the services and support we offer and want to encourage charities to step forward and feed in their thoughts.

The Commission is now working on detailed proposals, including whether to charge large charities. It expects to launch a consultation that will ask for charities’ views on:

  • The practicalities and implications of a system for charging the largest charities. The details are under consideration by the Commission, but it expects to consult on proposals that would see it receiving around £7.5million a year through contributions from the 2,000 largest charities on the register, namely those with annual incomes of over £5million.
  • The enabling work charities and trustees would like to see the Commission expanding or developing. The Commission will be keen to hear from charities of all sizes and types about their current and future needs for support and enabling work from the Commission. This element of the consultation is likely to focus in particular on smaller charities. Recent research revealed that 80% of trustees are responsible for charities that do not have paid staff; they consequently look to the Commission for authoritative advice and guidance on managing their charities effectively and efficiently.

Duke Of Cambridge To Speak At Charity Commission Annual Public Meeting

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will address the event on 23 January 2018

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission can announce that its annual public meeting will take place on 23 January 2018. His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge will speak at the event at the Royal Institution in London.

The meeting will be chaired by William Shawcross, Chairman of the Commission, who will open the meeting before inviting His Royal Highness to deliver the keynote speech.

Attendees will also hear from the regulator’s new Chief Executive, Helen Stephenson, about the Commission’s work over the last year and plans for the coming months. This will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of Helen and the executive team.

The meeting will take place during the morning at the Royal Institution and is an important part of the Commission’s commitment to public accountability and transparency.

Spaces for the meeting are very limited. To register your interest in attending please email publicmeetings@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk including your name and the organisation that you are a representative of. Confirmation of a place, along with the exact timings, will follow via email. Attendees will also be required to bring photo ID.

Boost To Get More Top Professionals Into Teaching

Charity Now Teach handed investment to attract experienced professionals into the classroom

Teachers

Teachers

A scheme to encourage the best experienced professionals to swap the boardroom for the classroom is to be backed by government funding to expand into Hastings, School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has been announced today (5 January).

Now Teach – a charity set up to help people put skills acquired during a successful career to use in the classroom – has encouraged nearly 50 talented professionals to change their lives and retrain as a teacher in maths, science and modern foreign languages.

The £350,000 investment announced today will help the charity to drive this work forward, focusing on recruiting people from leading careers and sharing their skills in key subjects – with recruits to date including a former NASA scientist, a hostage negotiator and the head of a hospital trust.

It is part of the government’s plan to ensure that all schools can attract the teachers they need to give every pupil a world-class education. It builds on initiatives such as the Maths and Physics Chairs Programme, which recruits post-doctoral researchers into teaching.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:

There are now a record number of teachers in our schools – 15,500 more than in 2010 – but we want to continue exploring every opportunity to attract the best and brightest into the profession.

Great teachers are at the heart of our plans to ensure every young person reaches their potential, and the expertise that these experienced professionals have can be put to great use in the classroom, teaching pupils valuable knowledge and skills.

Many existing recruits have been inspired by its founder, former Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway, who this year re-entered the classroom at the age of 57 to become a maths teacher at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney.

Co-founder of Now Teach Lucy Kellaway said:

We are delighted that the government is contributing to Now Teach to help us during our second year. We look forward to working closely with the Department for Education in years to come.

The package of funding will allow Now Teach to move into Hastings, one of the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas, to attract a broader range of successful professionals into schools and to explore other areas of the country to extend its reach – and Now Teach will host a launch event at Hastings Pier on Saturday, 20 January for interested would-be teachers.

Today’s announcement builds on a number of measures to recruit and retain high-calibre teachers, including a £75million investment in teachers’ professional development and a further £42million for training announced in the Budget.

In addition, the Government has also announced:

  • A student loan forgiveness pilot for teacher in shortage subjects working in areas of the country struggling with recruitment;
  • A £30 million investment to support around 300 schools nationwide to recruit and retain talented teachers by creating new funded initiatives, ensuring schools have access to national teacher supply programmes and strengthening local partnerships with and between schools – facilitating the establishment and strengthening of local partnerships, such as working with Teaching Schools; and
  • The introduction of the new, strengthened national professional qualifications, as well as a £10million fund to support teachers in the areas that need it most.

British Ambassador’s Embecko For Sale – Proceeds To Charity

British Ambassador Jan Thompson is calling on the Czech public to support the charitable works of Sue Ryder in the Czech Republic

HMA Jan Thompson in her veteran Skoda MB car. Photo by Libor Fojtik/Economia, 2017

HMA Jan Thompson in her veteran Skoda MB car. Photo by Libor Fojtik/Economia, 2017

After much soul-searching, I have decided that my beloved embecko belongs here in the Czech Republic where it has spent the first 50 years of its life. So, hard though it is to part with it, I would like to auction it to raise money for one of my favourite charities, Sue Ryder. This is a British charity which has been providing hospice care and assistance to those in need in the Czech Republic, and support to their families, since 1998.

If you are interested, please send your bid by e-mail to prague.reception@fco.gov.uk by 12:00 (noon) on Wednesday 10 January. The car will go to whomever enters the highest bid, and the proceeds will go to Domov Sue Ryder, z.ú., in Prague. If you have any questions before then, we will try to answer them. The floor price is 30 000 Kč.

I want my dear embecko to go to a good home. So please only bid if you will look after it well.

Please join me in supporting Sue Ryder!

Jan Thompson, British Ambassador to the Czech Republic

Conditions of auction and deadlines are available hereSue Ryder Czech Republic. Photo by Libor Fojtik/Economia, 2017.

Commission Listens To Charities In Making Changes To The Annual Return For 2018

The charity regulator publishes a report of its consultation on the content of the charity annual return for 2018

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission

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, with many charities required to answer fewer questions, and only those with large or complex operations being required to provide more information. On average, charities completing the annual return will answer 15 fewer questions than in the past.

In a consultation report published today, the regulator also says it is grateful for the positive and constructive engagement it has had with charities and that it has taken into account charities’ responses in making a number of key changes to the proposed content.

For example, the regulator is amending a proposed new question on income received from overseas. Only information about income from overseas governments or quasi-governmental bodies, charities and NGOs will be mandatory for the first year. This is information that relevant charities should already record and hold. Providing information about income from other overseas institutions and donors will be voluntary for the AR18 and then mandatory in following years. The Commission will also introduce a threshold for this information. These changes will ensure that charities can update their records and systems before the question areas become compulsory.

The Commission has also decided not to ask charities:

  • whether they are claiming rate relief for the premises they use
  • the amount of gift aid they have claimed (charities are already required to declare whether they are registered for gift aid, and the Commission will ask charities to provide their HMRC number)

The Commission says it requires these two pieces of information for regulatory purposes, but accepts that they may be available from other sources, and that it should pursue other options before adding to the reporting burden for charities.

Proposed new questions on executive pay in charities will be included in the annual return: AR18 will ask charities to provide information about the total remuneration received by their staff members, including salary, bonuses, pension contributions, private health care and other benefits in kind. The Commission will make public how many individuals receive total packages worth upwards of £60,000 in bands (in bands of £10,000 up to £150,000, then in bands of £50,000). The Commission will also require charities to provide information about their highest paid employee, but that information will be held for regulatory purposes, rather than made public.

David Holdsworth, Deputy CEO and Registrar at the Charity Commission, says:

The annual return is a vital tool in promoting charities’ accountability to the public, donors and beneficiaries as well as ensuring we have the information we need to be an effective, proportionate, risk-led regulator. I am grateful to the charities that took part in our extensive consultation on the content of AR18. Today’s report shows that we have listened carefully to charities’ submissions and have made important changes as a result.

However, in some important areas, including around executive pay, we will require charities to provide us with more detailed information. We know the public care deeply about transparency in this area, and it is vital that charities, and the Commission as regulator, respond constructively to these expectations. I am confident our decision in this area strikes the right balance between transparency and protecting the personal data of individual staff members in charities.

The Commission engaged in a wide-ranging consultation on AR18, including through targeted user testing. It identified groups of charities most likely to be affected by proposed changes and asked individuals responsible for completing the annual return to test the prototype digital service. The Commission says that it received largely positive feedback about testers’ experience.

The Commission has also published the formal regulations underpinning the AR18.

The Commission is currently developing the digital service that will underpin AR18, and hopes to make the return available to charities within the next four months.

The annual return must be completed by charities with annual incomes of upwards of £10,000. AR18 applies to charities with financial years ending from 1 January 2018. Charities have ten months from the end of their financial year to complete the return.

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