Charity Commission publishes annual return for 2017

The regulator says the latest requirements will be largely unchanged from last year

The Charity Commission has confirmed what charities must include in their annual returns for 2017, although the regulator said it was largely unchanged from the previous year.

All registered charities with incomes of more than £10,000 a year and all charitable incorporated organisations must file their annual returns within 10 months of the end of their financial years.

Last month, the commission said there would be no significant changes to the annual return this year and that it would launch a new consultation on the 2018 return later this year.

This followed an announcement by Amber Rudd, the home secretary, who said that charities would be required to include details of the size and source of overseas funding they receive in their annual returns.

Rudd’s proposals are not included in the latest annual return, but will feature in this year’s consultation on reforming the annual return.

The commission is also still seeking to move to a fully digital annual return in the future, which it says will reduce administrative burdens on charities.

The regulator had opened a consultation at the end of 2016 on potential structural changes to the annual return, including questions on whether charities’ fundamental information should be refreshed more regularly than once a year and making the return more targeted and proportionate.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Charity Finance Group and the Association of Charitable Foundations wrote to the commission with concerns over the possible changes, calling for an annual return that strikes "the right balance between the burden placed on individual charities seeking to comply and the need for transparency".

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