Charity and Voluntary Sector

CC:  A new consumer awareness drive has been launched across England & Wales to help people check if a clothing collection is for charity or not.  The aim is to ensure that people who want their donated clothes to go to a charity know what information to look out for on leaflets and bags that come through their letter box in the run-up to Christmas.
 
The Association of Charity Shops estimates that charities lose between £2.5m and £3m a year through theft and people giving clothing to organisations that they think are charities but may be commercial companies collecting for profit.  A leaflet for householders has been produced with top tips to help check clothing collection leaflets.
Press release ~ Give with Care - Bogus Charity Collections ~ Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office ~ Consumer Direct - Bogus charity collections ~ Association of Charity Shops ~ Clothes Aid ~ Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services
 
CC:  The Charities SORP Committee promised to keep reviewing issues where more information would help and publish Information Sheets - additional to the SORP - to clarify particular issues or offer informal guidance to help auditors and those preparing accounts.
 
The first Information sheet in the series has now been issued and deals with topics as varied as where grant income appears in a SoFA, to how charities meet the company law requirements for a business review.
Press release ~ Charities Sorp 2005 Information Sheet – No. 1 ~ SORP and other accountancy guidance and help
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