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Support for charities affected by Coronavirus (COVID 19)

The Charity Commission has announced that any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one.

During the coronavirus pandemic the charity sector will face challenges of looking after its staff, volunteers and trustees who may fall ill, have to self-isolate, or have to look after loved ones. The sector also has a vital role to play in looking after its beneficiaries, many of whom will be amongst the most vulnerable during this public health emergency.

"We want to assure charities that our approach to regulation during this period will be as flexible and supportive as possible. Charities’ primary interest, and ours, must be looking after the public and the communities that we serve. Charities can feel confident that we will, where possible, act in a pragmatic way by taking account of the wider public interest during this unprecedented period." GOV, 16/03/2020

As an immediate step, charities that are due to submit an Annual Return imminently, but feel unable to do so, can call the Contact Center to request a filing extension.

Contact Center

Charites can contact GOV via their contact centre open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm

Telephone 0300 066 9197

Government Guidance for Charities

The Government has also written guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here to find out more.

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