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Changing Your Charity Structure

This brief guide from the Charity Commission offers clear guidance to the process of changing your charity's legal structure.
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CC3: Being a trustee - Easy Read 

This booklet from the Charity Commission sets out a summary of the responsibilities and duties of a trustee, and explains how trustees can get support and assistance from the Commission and from other organisations.  
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CC3: The Essential Trustee 

Trusteeship requires time, understanding and effort. It is also a rewarding opportunity to serve the community and develop personal skills. This guidance from the Charity Commission addresses common questions and sets out the duties of trustees.  
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CC11: Trustee Expenses and Payments 

This guidance clarifies the law and good practice where trustee boards propose to make payments to one or more trustees. It discusses a charity employee becoming a trustee, and the charity employing a person or business connected with a trustee. 
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CC12: Managing Financial Difficulties and Insolvency in Charities 

This guidance to charity trustees outlines steps to lessen the risks of insolvency and describes their legal position. Professional advice may be needed in cases of potential insolvency. The Commission recommends that it is taken as appropriate. 
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CC19: Charities and Reserves 

This guidance is aimed at trustees of all types of charities. It explains the concept of 'reserves', outlines the trustees' responsibility to consider whether their charity needs reserves and provides tips for developing a policy on reserves. 
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CC21b: How to Register Your Charity

This guidance from the Charity Commission is about some of the issues you may want to consider when registering a charity. It covers:
•  whether you need to start a new charity
•  which charities need to register
•  the registration process 
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CC24: Users on Board - Beneficiaries who Become Trustees 

This guidance is aimed at charities that provide services to individuals and involve those individuals in the development of the services or facilities. The general principles outlined may be useful to any charity seeking input from their users. 
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CC26: Charities and Risk Management 

This Charity Commission guidance outlines the basic principles that can help charities manage their risks. It reviews the processes involved in risk management, legal requirements for trustees and a model of risk management for charities. 
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CC30: Finding New Trustees 

The recruitment, selection and induction of trustees can strongly influence how effective a charity is in the future. This guidance from the Charity Commission answers some common questions and sets out a framework for the recruitment process. 
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CC34: Collaborative Working and Mergers 

This guidance from the Charity Commission is directed at all charities who may be considering working in partnership or merging with other organisations. 
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CC48: Charities and Meetings 

This Guide covers legal guidance and good practice of charity meetings. With particular use to the charity's Chair and Secretary, it will benefit all trustees by showing what content should be covered at meetings and how it links to their role. 
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CC49: Charities and Insurance 

This guidance from the Charity Commission describes the forms of insurance available to charity trustees, some of which are mandatory. It also highlights the importance of risk assessment when choosing insurance that is right for the charity. 
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Dissolution and Removal From the Register of Charities 

This Charity Commission guidance note explains what happens when a charity has dissolved and how it is then removed from the register of charities. You can remove your charity from the charities register on this website. 
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Making Mergers Work: Helping you succeed 

Useful guidance from the Charity Commission on how to make mergers work. This guide complements many of their other resources on mergers also listed here. 
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Mergers Checklist

Another Charity Commission tool to be used alongside their other guides on mergers. 
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RS23: A Breath of Fresh Air- Young people as charity trustees 

This Charity Commission report helps increase understanding of recruiting young people as charity trustees. It encourages charities to build a diverse trustee board and proposes ways to attract more young people to take up charity trustee roles. 
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RS6: Milestones: Managing Key Events in the Life of a Charity 

This report aims to support new and developing charities by exploring some of the issues charities encounter. It disseminates the information gained from charities’ experience and illustrates some best practice ways of addressing them. 
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Strategy for Dealing with Fraud and Financial Crime and Abuse of the Charity Sector 

This strategy document describes the Charity Commission's role and approach in dealing with fraud, financial crime and financial abuse issues connected with charities, and outlines when and how it might intervene. 
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CC8: Internal Financial Controls for Charities 

This Charity Commission guidance sets out the basic internal financial controls for trustees to consider. It is expressed in terms appropriate for small charities that are not companies. The same principles apply to smaller charitable companies. 
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