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Annual Monitoring

It's about public confidence

We are required to monitor, encourage and facilitate charities' compliance with charity law and to increase public confidence in charities. 

There are around 1020 charities that are registered both with us and with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.  Cross border charities complete Section A of the online Annual Return plus one additional question about charitable activities in Scotland.

Have you signed up for our Online Services?  This makes the submission process easier and helps you to get it right.  More than 90% of Scottish charities have already done so.  Find out more here.

 Your charity must provide us with:

  • a completed online Annual Return, issued by us to every charity; and
  • a signed copy of the latest set of annual accounts.

These must be sent to us within 9 months of your charity's financial year end date.

You can find out more information on how to complete your online Annual Return in our guidance

Completing our forms is easy, but you may find it useful to have a copy of your founding document and your accounts to hand. Please contact us on 01382 220446 or email us at if you have any questions.

We now check a very small percentage of accounts prior to publication on the Register. If we find anything during these checks we will either reject the submission and request resubmission or we will highlight any deficiencies or errors identified and provide guidance on how the accounts should be prepared for next year.

If you fail to submit the required documents on time, we will consider you to be in default of your Registration and your charity will be placed on the defaulting charities list. Your charity's Register entry will be highlighted in red to inform the public that your returns and accounts are overdue.

If you fail to provide us with the required forms within 12 months of the submission deadline, we may consider removing your charity from the Register.

If your charity is removed from the Register, you must still prepare and submit accounts to us for any outstanding charity assets held at the time of removal. Read our Former Charities page for more information.