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7 June 2016
The Governance Academy explains what the Charity Commission expects of trustees communicating with the Commission.Here we are then....pencils ready or should I say password and computer at hand!
The Commission expects careful preparation. Make sure you have read all the guidance before putting a question (you do not want to be put on the naughty step)
Be clear about what you want.
Make sure that the information you provide is "true, complete and correct".
Now here is the tricky bit-
if the Commission contacts your charity then they insist upon:
- your full co-operation
- "Full, frank and honest" answers to any questions they may ask.
- Come up with the information or documents they require by the date they have given you.
Of dear, the Commission also states:
"it is a criminal offence under section 60 of the Charities Act 2011 for anyone to knowingly or recklessly provide false or misleading information to the commission."
The Governance Academy cannot imagine trustees being reckless but there we are and there you have it from the horse's mouth as it were.