Charity Commission consults on axing paper forms

The watchdog is planning to withdraw annual returns and updates forms next year

Charity Commission: consultation
Charity Commission: consultation

The Charity Commission has launched a consultation on plans to withdraw paper forms for annual returns and annual updates from 1 January 2011.

The plans are the first part of a wide-ranging project to make many of the commission's services available online or by email only.

The commission also plans to withdraw paper-based forms for registering as a charity from April 2011.

It announced in July that it aims to provide all of its services online by 2012.

The consultation will run until 2 December. It is open to charity trustees, employees, professional staff that use the commission's services and anyone interested in its work.

A statement from the commission said that more than 80 per cent of annual return or update submissions were made online last year.

"The regulator hopes that the online strategy will help ensure it remains able to provide a wide range of services to charities, despite the likelihood of further cuts in its funding," it said.

"The commission has already lost nearly 200 members of staff in six years – a reduction of 30 per cent."

For more information, read the consultation document.

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