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Charity Commission proposes requiring charities to say what they spend on campaigning

The regulator opens a consultation on changes to its annual return, including a proposal on campaigning that was put forward last year by the Public Administration Select Committee

The Charity Commission has proposed requiring charities to say how much they spend on campaigning activities as part of changes to the annual return.

The regulator has today opened an eight-week consultation on changes to its annual return that will come into force for returns due in 2015.

The proposals include asking new questions about whether a charity has a remuneration policy for its executive staff, whether it has carried out a review of its financial controls during the year and how much of its income came from public services delivery and private donations.

It also proposes asking charities with annual incomes of between £10,000 and £500,000 to provide additional information in their annual returns about voluntary income, income from investments, spending on charitable activities and spending on fundraising.

The new requirements would also apply to charitable incorporated organisations with annual incomes of less than £500,000 a year.

The proposed change would have most affect on charities with annual incomes of between £10,000 and £25,000 because they are currently required to provide only their income and expenditure figures for the year.

The new information would be displayed on each charity’s entry on the commission’s online register.

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