Charity Commission guidance

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Guidance
Date
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CC1 - Charity Commission Publications
May 2009

CC3 - The Essential Trustee: what you need to know

See also our easy read guidance Being a trustee - this guide tells you the main things you need to know about being a trustee (PDF only)

Feb 2008
 
 
Mar 2010
CC3a - The Essential Trustee: An introduction
Jan 2007
CC5a, CC5b and CC5c - See Registration Application Pack
Apr 2008
CC7 - Ex Gratia Payments by Charities
Dec 2001
CC8 - Internal Financial Controls for Charities
Jun 2010
CC8 - A self checklist for charities
Jun 2010
CC9 - Speaking Out - Campaigning and Political Activity by Charities

See also our guidance update on Charities and Elections

See also our guidance update on Charities and Political Donations

Mar 2008
English Welsh
CC10 - Hallmarks of an Effective Charity
Jul 2008
CC11 - Trustee expenses and payments
Jun 2008
CC12 - Managing Financial Difficulties and Insolvency in Charities
Jun 2010
CC13 - The Official Custodian for Charities' Land Holding Service
Sept 2004
CC14 - Investment of Charitable Funds: Basic Principles
See also detailed guidance on investments
Dec 2004
CC15 - Charity Reporting and Accounting: The essentials
May 2007
CC15a - Charity Reporting and Accounting: The essentials April 2008
Apr 2008
CC15b - Charity Reporting and Accounting: The essentials April 2009
Apr 2009
CC16 - Receipts and Payments Accounts Pack (based on SORP 2005)
Apr 2009
CC17 - Accrual Accounts Pack (based on SORP 2005)
Apr 2009
CC18 - Use of Church Halls for Village Hall and Other Charitable Purposes
Jul 2001
CC19 - Charities and reserves
Jun 2010
CC20 - Charities and Fundraising
Jun 2010 
 
CC21 - Registering as a Charity
April 2008
CC22 - Choosing and Preparing a Governing Document
Apr 2008
CC23 - Exempt Charities
Apr 2008
CC24 - Users on Board: Beneficiaries who become trustees
Mar 2000
CC26 - Charities and Risk Management: A guide for trustees
Jun 2010
CC27 - Providing Alcohol on Charity Premises
Nov 2002
CC28 - Sales, leases, transfers or mortgages: What trustees need to know about disposing of charity land
May 2009
CC30 - Finding New Trustees - What charities need to know

We are amending part F of this guidance to reflect the recent introduction of parts of the Vetting and Barring Scheme. You can find guidance on the Scheme at www.isa-gov.org.uk/PDF/VBS_Guidance.Pdf
Oct 2007
CC31 - Independent Examination of Charity Accounts: Trustees' Guide
Apr 2009
CC32 - Independent Examination of Charity Accounts: Examiners' Guide
Apr 2009
CC33 - Acquiring Land
Apr 2001
CC34 - Collaborative Working and Mergers
Also, see Collaborative Working and Mergers Resources
Nov 2009
CC35 - Trustees, trading and tax
Apr 2007
CC36 - Changing your Charity's Governing Document
Jan 2010
CC37 - Charities and Public Service Delivery - An Introduction and Overview
Feb 2007
CC39 - Accruals Accounts Pack
Mar 2010
CC40 - Disaster Appeals
Jan 2002
CC42 - Appointing Nominees and Custodians: Guidance under s.19(4) of the Trustee Act 2000
Feb 2001
CC43 - Incorporation of Charity Trustees
Jul 2002
CC45 - Regulatory Compliance Casework: Guidance for charities and their advisers
Mar 2010
CC46 - Statutory Inquiries into Charities: Guidance for charities and their advisers
Mar 2010
CC47 - Complaints about Charities
Jun 2008
CC48 - Charities and Meetings
May 2003
CC49 - Charities and Insurance
Feb 2007
CC63a - Independent Examination of Charity accounts - 2007
Feb 2007
Accounting & Reporting by Charities: Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP 2005)
Mar 2005
Is your charity in the red? leaflet
Charities Act 2006: What Trustees Need to Know - a plain English guide published jointly by the Charity Commission and the Office of the Third Sector about this Act
May 2007
Reporting Serious Incidents- Revised guidance for trustees on reporting serious incidents. This clarifies the Charity Commissions approach to issues of serious concern, detailing what we consider to be serious or significant, the actions trustees should take and what our response may be.
May 2009

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Research reports
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A Balancing Act: New perspectives on the charity/beneficiary relationship
Feb 2009
English Welsh
A Balancing Act: Technical report - A report produced by Ipsos MORI that contains the detailed survey method and data tables for the three surveys conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Charity Commission for its research report of the same title.
Feb 2009
English
A snapshot of charities in Wales
Jan 2009
English Welsh
Cause for Complaint? How charities manage complaints about their services
May 2006
English Welsh
Cause for Complaint? How charities manage complaints about their services Annex A - E
May 2006
Charities and Commercial Partners
Jul 2002
English Welsh
Charities and Commercial Partners - Annex A, B & C
Jul 2002
Charities' awareness, understanding and attitudes towards the public benefit requirements
Dec 2009
English
Charities working in the field of human rights
Dec 2007
English Welsh
Charity Reporting and Accounting - taking stock and future reform
Dec 2009
English
Charity Reserves
Mar 2003
English Welsh
Charity Reserves - Annex A, B, C & D
Mar 2003
Charity Reserves: Key Findings
Mar 2003
English Welsh
Collaborative Working and Mergers
Also, see Collaborative Working and Mergers Resources
Apr 2003
English
Collaborative Working and Mergers: Annex A, B, C & D
Apr 2003
Collaborative Working and Mergers: Summary
Mar 2003
English Welsh
Firm Foundations: A snapshot of how trusts and foundations are responding to the economic downturn in 2009
Aug 2009
English Welsh
Going Green: Charities and Environmental Responsibility
Dec 2008
English Welsh
In their own words
Dec 2006
English Welsh
In their own words Annex A - E
Dec 2006
Membership Charities
Mar 2004
English Welsh
Membership Charities: Annex A, B, C & D
Mar 2004
Milestones: Managing key events in the life of a charity
Dec 2003
English Welsh
Milestones: Managing key events in the life of a charity: Annex A, B, C, D & E
Dec 2003
Milestones: Summary
Dec 2003
English Welsh
Membership Charities: Summary
Mar 2004
English Welsh
Small Charities and Reserves
Jun 2003
English Welsh
Stand and deliver: the future for charities delivering public services
Feb 2007
English Welsh
Start as you mean to go on: Trustee Recruitment and Induction
Jul 2005
English Welsh
Start as you mean to go on: Trustee Recruitment and Induction Annex A, B, C, D & E
Jul 2005
Tell It Like It Is
Nov 2006
English Welsh
The Regeneration Game
Oct 2006
English Welsh
Transparency and Accountability
Jun 2004
English Welsh
Transparency and Accountability: Annex A, B, C & D
Jun 2004
Trustee Recruitment, Selection and Induction
Mar 2002
English Welsh
Trustee Recruitment, Selection and Induction Annexes
Mar 2002
Village Halls and Community Centres
Dec 2004
English Welsh
Village Halls and Community Centres: Annex A, B, C & D
Dec 2004
Village Halls and Community Centres: Summary
Dec 2004
English Welsh

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Review of Register topics
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Please note that the HTML versions of Research Reports do not contain images, such as graphs and charts. If you wish to view a report containing images, please select the PDF version.

RR1 - The Review of the Register of Charities
Oct 2001
English Welsh
RR1a - Recognising New Charitable Purposes
Oct 2001
English Welsh
RR2 - Promotion of Urban and Rural Regeneration
Mar 1999
English Welsh
RR3 - Charities for the Relief of Unemployment
Mar 1999
English Welsh
RR4 - The Recreational Charities Act 1958
Aug 2000
English Welsh
RR5 - The Promotion of Community Capacity Building
Nov 2000
English Welsh
RR6 - Maintenance of an Accurate Register
Nov 2000
English Welsh
RR7 - The Independence of Charities from the State
Feb 2001
English Welsh
RR9 - Preservation and Conservation
Feb 2001
English Welsh
RR10 - Museums and Art Galleries
Aug 2002
English Welsh
RR11 - Charitable Status and Sport
Apr 2003
English Welsh
RR12 - The Promotion of Human Rights
Jan 2005
RR13 Promotion of the Voluntary Sector for the Benefit of the Public
Sept 2004
English Welsh
RR14 Promoting the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Charities and the Effective Use of Charitable Resources for the Benefit of the Public
Sept 2004
English Welsh

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Operational guidance
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Our internal guidance written to help our staff to conduct their work in a fair and consistent way

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