Charity Commission issues coronavirus guidance

20 Mar 2020 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 25 Mar 2020

The Charity Commission has issued important information for charities to clarify expectations while operating and reporting during the Coronavirus period. 

The Commission states that it wants to assure charities that its approach to regulation during this period will be as flexible and supportive as possible.

Annual reporting deadline 

The Commission will not penalise any charity for missing its annual reporting deadline during this period.  These charities will also not be marked as 'in default' on the charity register.  Any charity which finds itself in this position should let the Commission know via email:  [email protected]

Charity registration

If you have been called forward for charity registration and you are concerned that you will not meet your submission deadline then you should contact the Commission as soon as possible to seek an extension via email: [email protected]

Charity meetings

For charities who need to postpone planned meetings during this period, the Commission will not take any regulatory action where meetings are postponed as a result of these circumstances. The Commission recommends documenting the reason why the meeting has been postponed.  With regard to trustees' meetings being held remotely/virtually to safeguard the health of trustees, it is advised that this should be recorded in the minutes and the Commission will accept this as a valid meeting, as long as it is quorate.  For more detailed information on meetings during this period, please see www.nicva.org/article/charity-meetings-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Responding to queries and requests

The Commission’s office is not open to the public however staff will still be working.  The Commission expects that there may be staff absences over the coming weeks, and so there may be a delay in responding to your query or request. Staff will endeavour to respond to queries and requests received as soon as possible. 

Please read the Charity Commission's full guidance on reporting and operating during the coronavirus outbreak or see attached pdf. 

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by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

[email protected]

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