Ward Williams have a team that specialises in the needs of charities. We have extensive knowledge of the Charities Acts and Charities SORP. This knowledge together with over 20 years combined experience in dealing with charities enables Ward Williams to offer our charity clients the following:

  • Preparation of annual accounts in accordance with the relevant regulations;
  • Annual audit and independant examinations;
  • Assistance in the completion of Charity Commission annual returns;
  • Attendance at Trustee's and audit committee meetings.

In addition we offer advice and guidance on non-routine issues including systems and controls together with assistance on how to become more efficient.

The Fundraising Regulator, which oversees charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has developed a self-reporting tool so that charities can inform the regulator of any known or potential breach of the Code of Fundraising Practice where in poses an actual or potential risk to the public, the charity sector or public confidence in fundraising. There is no f ...

Those charities which take the form of limited companies may be interested to know that the government has now published a white paper setting out their position on reforming Companies House ahead of introducing legislation into Parliament, following a consultation process that took place over the winter of 2019/20. The key changes that are being proposed include: Expansion ...

In our last edition we reported on the reforms set out in the Charities Bill 2021. This legislation has now completed its parliamentary journey, becoming the Charities Act 2022. To recap, this new legislation (which only applies to England and Wales) implements a number of recommendations from the Law Commission’s 2017 Technical Issues in Charity Law Report which seek to make ...

CCEW has published summary guidance on safeguarding for charities and trustees, setting out their responsibilities to keep everyone who comes into contact with the charity safe from harm. It includes links to more detailed guidance in areas such as identifying and managing risks, having robust safeguarding policies and handling incidents or allegations of abuse. The more detai ...

We all learn from our mistakes, but perhaps it’s better if we can learn from the mistakes of others without having to experience them ourselves first hand. Two major frauds involving charities have been in the news recently. The first involved the British Society of Echocardiography, where the charity’s finance officer stole over £200,000 of the charity’s funds to support his ...

In February CCEW published its long-awaited report into Kids Company, one of the highest profile charity collapses of recent years that attracted considerable publicity, in part due to the considerable amount of funding it had received from central and local government sources. Publication of the report was delayed due to ongoing legal action seeking to disqualify the former tr ...

No one could fail to be moved by events in Ukraine, and many trustees will be considering if the war impacts on their charity in any way and whether there is anything they can or should be doing in response. Both CCEW and OSCR have now published guidance for charity trustees on the key areas that they should be considering in response to the war, including: How best to supp ...

There have been several false dawns during the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the removal of restrictions across the UK it is hoped that finally an end to the disruption to the charity sector caused by the pandemic is now in sight. Research published by CCEW indicates the extent the pandemic has had on the sector. Whilst nearly all charities have been impacted in some way by the ...

There are no changes to the Charity SORP to report in this edition of Charity News, but there has been an announcement of the areas that have been agreed will be considered as part of the next update of the SORP. Drafting of the next version of the SORP won’t start until 2023, but this does give an indication of what charities can expect to see. One of the key issues to be con ...

The CCEW has updated its guidance on charity accounting that unless a charity’s governing documents specify otherwise, handwritten ‘wet’ signatures are not required when the trustees sign the annual report and accounts. Instead electronic signatures can be used, for example a typed signature or an electronic version of a handwritten signature. This updated guidance also applies ...