CHARITIES in the Scarborough area are being warned that failing to keep their paperwork up to date could result in them being struck off the Charity Register.
Some charities are failing to submit an annual return within the specified deadline and this is placing their charitable status at risk.
Now Seachange, the local support and development organisation for the voluntary sector in the borough, is backing calls for charities to take action.
The Community Accounting Network North Yorkshire is urging local charities to check their status on the Charity Register.
The dangers were highlighted recently after the group 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 (those of a former trustee) had never been updated by the charity trustees.
Charities can view the Charity Register via the commission’s website at www.charity-commission.gov.uk
Alternatively, charities can get further information from Richard Weightman, of Seachange, on (01723) 362205 or Ian Peck on 01947 605256.