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Charity sector workforce increases to over 900,000

The number of people working in charities went up by 26,000 in accounts and annual returns filed in the year to June 2014 with the Charity Commission.

Cipfa to provide secretariat to Sorp committee

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy will now provide the secretariat to the committee, which advises on the Statement of Recommended Practice governing charity accountancy.

New Direct Marketing Association code of practice

The Direct Marketing Association’s new code of practice, which comes into force on 18 August, will encourage charities to avoid calling people at anti-social times and urge them to take responsibility above and beyond compliance with the law.

New charity accounting framework published

Two new Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) have been published by the joint SORP making body, the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Revised guidance on investment funds published

The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on Common Investment Funds and Common Deposit Funds ahead of compliance with a new European Directive, which becomes compulsory on 22 July 2014.

Trial of online registration service

HM Revenue & Customs is trialing a digital service to allow charities to register with them to claim tax relief.

Public trust and confidence in charities

Trust in charities remains high according to independent research by Ipsos MORI conducted on behalf of the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales.

Public trust in charities and other institutions

The number of people saying they trust charities has fallen from 66 percent to 56 percent in 2014, according to research published by nfpSynergy.

Two new impact measurement tools

Two new impact measurement tools, Measuring Up! and the Inspiring Impact Hub, have been launched by the Charities Evaluation Service at an event attended by Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd.

Labour party consultation

The Labour party has started a consultation with the VCS, which seeks views on whether the current definition of a charity is fit for purpose and what can be done to support and protect frontline charity workers facing worsened conditions.


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