New charity annual return questions published - prepare now!

The Charity Commission has released the questions that will be in the revised annual return that will come into force from late August 2018. These include the following new questions that will apply to all Charitable Incorporated Organisations and registered charities with income over £10,000.

Does your charity work with a professional fundraiser? Does your charity have written agreements with all of its professional fundraisers?

How many contracts (other than grant agreements) did your charity have from central government or a local authority? What was the total value of the contracts held from central government or a local authority?

During the financial period for this return, did your charity receive any grant funding from central government or a local authority? How many grants did your charity have from central government or a local authority? What was the total value of the grants held from central government or a local authority?

During the financial period for this annual return, did any of the trustees received remuneration or benefits other than expenses incurred? For what services were any of the trustees paid? a) paid for being a trustee b) paid for providing professional advice or services to the charity c) any other benefit from the charity

During the period covered by this annual return, did any of the trustees resign and take up employment with the charity?

During the financial period for this annual return, did any of your charity's staff receive total employment benefits of £60,000 or more?

What was the value of the total employee benefits provided by the charity to its highest paid employee?

Do any trustees, staff or volunteers work directly and unsupervised with children or adults at risk? Have DBS checks been carried out on all the individuals who are eligible to have them?

During the financial period for this annual return, did the charity receive income from outside of the UK? (Leads to further questions regarding how much, country of origin and source).

When spending money outside England and Wales, did your charity transfer money other than using the regulated banking system? What methods to transfer money did the charity use and what was the value? Does the charity have monitoring controls in place to monitor overseas expenditure? Are the trustees satisfied that the charity’s risk management policy and procedures adequately address the risks to the charity arising from its activities and/or where it operates?

For more information see the full list of questions available to download from the Charity Commission website here