Commission rejigs SIR form to iron out first-run criticisms

The Charity Commission plans to pilot a redesigned version of the Standard Information Return at the end of April.

A cross-section of 200 charities will be chosen to take part in the three-month test. All charities with an income greater than £1m will eventually have to complete the two-page information return, which summarises their aims and achievements for supporters.

The Charity Commission was forced to rethink the original report layout because charities and donors felt it was overly simplistic (Third Sector, 11 February).

The new format has been created after consultation with sector umbrella bodies.

Donors will be surveyed during the pilot, and the Charity Commission will produce a full report in the autumn. The system will be fully implemented for 2005/06.

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