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Thursday 29 June 2017

WYCAS wins a Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank Award

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We are delighted to have won £5,000 under the 'Help people have a healthy relationship with money category' of the Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank Foundation Spirit of the Community Awards. We collected our award on Monday, 26th June at an event in Yorkshire Bank, Leeds.   We will be using this fund to extend our training offer to groups and individuals. For further information see our website.

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Retention of Accounting Records

Did you know that bank statements and gift aid declarations need to be kept for 6 years, trustee minutes for 10 years and annual accounts permanently? We are often asked about issues relating to the retention of accounting records. There is a useful reference tool from Buzzacott Chartered Accountants available here.

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Fundraising Preference Service

The Fundraising Regulator will soon be launching a fundraising preference service that allows the public to select charities that they don't want to receive direct marketing communications from.

Read the information and short leaflet that are available on the Fundraising Regulator's website to make sure you understand how the changes will affect communication with your supporters.

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Dropping Off Accounts in Bradford

Just a reminder for groups that drop off their accounting records in Bradford for us. You can still do this!

Arrangements haven’t changed following the merger of Bradford CVS and the creation of Community Action Bradford and District (CABAD).

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Charity Finance Group Launches Guide on Preventing Fraud

Small charities, like all organisations, are vulnerable to internal and external fraud. In 2016, this cost is estimated at £1.9 billion.  The Small Charities Guide to Preventing Fraud will help small charities to outline the steps you need to take to protect yourselves against fraud, highlight what tell-tale signs to look out for, know what to do once you have detected fraud and where to report the fraud to.

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Returns to the Charity Commission

If the income of your charity is over £10,000, you must send an annual return within 10 months of the end of your financial year to the Charity Commission if your financial year ended on or after 1 January 2017, you can’t submit your annual return until August 2017.  See more details here.

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Vacancies at Rape Crisis England & Wales

They wish to recruit a Finance Officer and an Administrator to join the team in Leeds City Centre office.  If interested, please request an application pack by emailing

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Charity Finance Group – Northern Conference

The CFG Northern Conference takes place in Leeds on 4 July. If your organisation is one that we support and you have not booked on but would like to attend please get in touch.

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Our services

WYCAS provides a range of specialist services designed to meet the needs of the third sector:

• One to one support and training
• Preparation of year-end accounts
• Independent examination
• Financial training courses and workshops
• Computerising accounts
• Bookkeeping and management accounts
• Advice and information
• Bespoke consultancy projects

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