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Charity Briefing - Spring 2015

9th April 2015

Welcome to the spring edition of the haysmacintyre charity briefing.

There have been a series of updates from the Charity Commission since our last edition, and we include articles on two of their reviews. The first into the quality of charity annual reports and the second on enhancements to this years annual return form, which now asks several additional questions that will be public information on the Commission webpage in your charities name.

There has been a fast tracking of a key threshold for charity reporting. In March, approval was reached for the increase in mandatory audit thresholds for charities, which will see many more charities fall outside of audit territory. This may be seen both as a removal or red tape, but it also has potential pitfalls. The article examines a number of these in more detail.

We are pleased to include a guest article by Adam Hartrick, Partner at Hempsons Solicitors, on the new Duty of Candour which will be relevant to all organisations that are regulated by CQC. The new regulations are now in force, and trustee boards and managers within the care sector should be aware of the new rules and how they will impact on their operations.

Finally, as a result of an EU Direction on energy efficiency, a new statutory requirement to carry out energy efficiency audits is now in place. We are pleased to include an article from Neil Guthrie, who is involved in the administration of ESOS, to explain the requirements in more detail.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of Charity Briefing and if you have any queries on any of the points raised in these articles, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Richard Weaver
Head of Charities and Not for Profit

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