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The Charity Commission keeps a register of charities that must always be kept up to date.

Charity trustees are required to report to the Charity Commission on the work and the financial position of their charity annually. Different reporting rules apply to different sizes of charity. Trustees need to be clear on the rules which apply to their charity.

Where a charity is also a company, it’s important to keep Companies House updated on any changes and meet company filing requirements. Charities with different legal forms may have other filing or reporting requirements, and some charities will have additional regulators.

If something goes wrong, a charity board should consider if the problem has caused (or could cause) significant harm or loss to your charity or the people it helps. In these cases, it could require trustees to promptly report a Serious Incident to the Charity Commission.

This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 29 April 2022

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