No need for campaigning spend in annual reports, says Charity Commission

Returns won't need to detail campaigning spend
Returns won't need to detail campaigning spend

The Charity Commission will not ask charities to include in their annual returns the amount they have spent on campaigning because of concerns about the administrative burden. The regulator said after running a consultation last year that it would not include the question for annual returns for financial years ending in 2015 but would return to it for the 2016 returns. It announced last month, however, that it would not ask charities to account for campaigning spend in returns for 2016. It had no plans to return to the question, a spokeswoman for the commission said, although it could not be ruled out indefinitely. "The commission has taken account of the administrative burden that such an additional question would place on charities," a statement from the commission said.

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