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Recent events have underlined the crucial role of charity in our society, here’s what we will do in 2020-21 to ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust

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Helen Stephenson (Charity Commission CEO).

As the Commission publishes its annual report for 2019-2020, chief executive Helen Stephenson CBE takes stock of the past year, and looks ahead to the regulator’s plans for 2020-21. Reflecting on the year that has passed means starting where it …

Covid-19 highlights the lifeline that charities are to so many – and we are playing our part as regulator

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Helen Stephenson (Charity Commission CEO).

As many thousands of people continue to step outside their homes to go to work each day amid a national lockdown, I am struck by how many of these frontline workers will be employed by charities. Care homes, hospices, specialist …

How do charities approach investing in line with their purpose and values? We want to know, and we want to help

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting many charities, we have extended the deadline for responses to 30 April 2020. See the section 'We want to hear from you' for more information. Charities are driven by a passion …

We regulate charities within the boundaries of a clear legal framework – the Courts and Tribunal hold us to that

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The High Court in London.

  This month (November 2019) we won a landmark case in the High Court. For the first time, we made an application for a finding of contempt of court, after trustees repeatedly failed to comply with Commission Orders seeking information …

Updates to guidance about safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees

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One year on since we launched the guidance ‘Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees’, we’ve updated it. Here’s a quick refresher on what the guidance is for and a summary of what changes we’ve made and why. All …

Charities and political campaigning: a reflection on charities’ responsibilities

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Helen Stephenson (Charity Commission CEO).

With expectations growing of a general election before the end of this year and all political parties preparing for it, I want to remind charities of their responsibilities and of the guidance we publish to help decision making around political …

Educational charities must behave charitably

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Universities and colleges are some of the most substantial charities in England. This status brings with it a special responsibility. Organisations established for the valued charitable purpose of advancing education must do so for the public benefit, helping society to …