Charity Commission guidance to help with the running of charities during the coronaviris (COVID-19) outbreak

The Charity Commission has issued guidance to help with the running of charities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Commission has stated that its to approach to regulation during COVID-19 will be as flexible and pragmatic as possible in the public interest, whilst helping trustees to be aware of and think about the wider or longer impact of their decisions on their charity.

During the current crisis the Commission will be prioritising registrations, permissions, reporting and other interactions related to coronavirus.

The latest guidance, which can be found at this LINK, contains detailed information on:

o Charity objects: understand if you can help with coronavirus efforts. 
o Government financial support for charities. 
o Using reserves and restricted funds. 
o AGMs and other meetings: postponing or cancelling meetings. 
o Holding meetings online or by telephone. 
o Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission. 
o Keeping people safe. 
o Working with a company or business to help with coronavirus. 
o Charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) guidance, and 
o Information from other organisations

The Charity Commission has said that it is endeavouring to keep its Contact Centre open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Contact details are:

Charity Commission Contact Centre
Tel: 0300 066 9197