CHARITIES in Scarborough are being warned that failing to keep their paperwork up to date could result in them being struck off the Charity Register.
The warning comes as some charities fail to submit an annual return within the specified deadline.
Now Seachange, the local support and development organisation for the voluntary sector in Scarborough, is backing calls for charities to take action.
It joins the Community Accounting Network North Yorkshire in urging local charities to check their status on the Charity Register.
The dangers were highlighted recently after the Community Accounting Network came across two local charities that were completely unaware they had been struck off the Charity Register by the Commission having failed to submit annual returns or respond to correspondence over a number of years. In both cases it turned out the registered contact details had never been updated by the charity trustees.
Charities can view the Charity Register at www.charity-commission.gov.uk .
Alternatively, charities can also contact their local Community Accountant via www.canny.org.uk who can provide further information, guidance or help on submitting Annual Returns.
They can also get advice from Seachange by contacting Richard Weightman (01723) 362205, firstname.lastname@example.org.