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The Charities Act 2006 (Charitable Companies Audit and Group Accounts Provisions) Order 2008

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Charities Act 2006 (Charitable Companies Audit and Group Accounts Provisions) Order 2008 and, subject to paragraph (2), comes into force on 1st April 2008.

(2) This article and article 3 come into force on the day after the day on which this Order is made.

(3) The amendments made by this Order have effect in relation to financial years of charities beginning on or after 1st April 2008.

(4) In paragraph (3) “financial year” has the same meaning as in the Charities Act 1993(1).

(5) This Order extends to England and Wales only.

Amendments of the Charities Act 1993

2.—(1) Section 43 of the Charities Act 1993 (annual audit or examination of charity accounts) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (2)(a)(2), for “charity were a company” substitute “accounts of the charity were required to be audited in accordance with Part 7 of the Companies Act 1985”.

(3) In subsection (3A)(3), for paragraphs (a) to (c) substitute—

(a)a member of one of the bodies listed in subsection (3B) below; or

(b)a Fellow of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners..

(4) After subsection (3A) insert—

(3B) The bodies referred to in subsection (3A)(a) above are—

(a)the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales;

(b)the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland;

(c)the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland;

(d)the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants;

(e)the Association of Authorised Public Accountants;

(f)the Association of Accounting Technicians;

(g)the Association of International Accountants;

(h)the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants;

(i)the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators;

(j)the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy..

(5) After subsection (8)(b)(4) insert—

(c)amend subsection (3B) by adding or removing a body to or from the list in that subsection or by varying any entry for the time being included in that list..

(6) For subsection (9) substitute—

(9) Nothing in this section applies in relation to the accounts of a charity for a financial year if those accounts are required to be audited in accordance with Part 7 of the Companies Act 1985..

3.  In section 44(1)(b)(5) of the Charities Act 1993 (supplementary provisions relating to audits etc.), at the end of sub-paragraph (ii) insert—

or

(iii)the accounts so prepared under section 226 of the Companies Act 1985 (duty to prepare individual accounts),.

4.  In section 45(5)(6) of the Charities Act 1993(annual reports), for the words from “a copy of any auditors’ report” to the end substitute—

(a)where the accounts of the charity for that year have been audited under that Part of that Act, a copy of the report made by the auditor on those accounts;

(b)where the accounts of the charity for that year have been audited under section 43 above, a copy of the report made by the auditor on those accounts;

(c)where the accounts of the charity for that year have been examined under that section, a copy of the report made by the person carrying out the examination..

5.  In section 47(3)(c)(7)of the Charities Act 1993 (public inspection of annual reports etc.)—

(a)for sub-paragraph (ii) substitute—

(ii)they have been examined by an independent examiner under section 43(3)(a) above;; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (iii) for “by virtue of section 249A(1) of that Act;” substitute “under Part 7 of the Companies Act 1985 and neither section 43(2) nor section 43(3) above applied to them;”.

6.  In section 68A(1)(8) of the Charities Act 1993 (duty of charity’s auditors etc. to report matters to Commission), for the words from “acting as” to “as they apply” substitute “acting as an auditor of a charitable company appointed under Chapter 2 of Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006 (appointment of auditors) as they apply”.

7.—(1) Section 69 of the Charities Act 1993(9) (investigation of accounts) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1) before “accounts of the charity” insert “relevant”.

(3) After subsection (1) insert –

(1A) “Relevant accounts” means accounts required to be audited under Part 7 of the Companies Act 1985..

8.—(1) Schedule 5A(10) to the Charities Act 1993 (group accounts) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 1 (interpretation) for sub-paragraph (2) substitute—

(2) A charity is a “parent charity” if it is (or is to be treated as) a parent undertaking in relation to one or more other undertakings in accordance with the provisions of section 258 of, and Schedule 10A to, the Companies Act 1985..

(3) In paragraph 2 (accounting records)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1) after “of this Act” insert “or, as the case may be, section 221 of the Companies Act 1985 (duty to keep accounting records)”; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (2) after “of this Act” insert “or section 221 of the Companies Act 1985”.

(4) In paragraph 3 (preparation of group accounts) for sub-paragraph (1) substitute—

(1) This paragraph applies in relation to a financial year of a charity if–

(a)the charity is a parent charity at the end of that year; and

(b)(where it is a company) it is not required to prepare consolidated accounts for that year under section 227 of the Companies Act 1985 (duty to prepare group accounts), whether or not such accounts are in fact prepared..

(5) In paragraph 3(6), after “parent charity”, insert “(other than a parent charity which is a company)”.

(6) After paragraph 3(6) insert—

(6A) If the requirement in sub-paragraph (2) applies to the charity trustees of a parent charity in relation to a financial year and the charity is a company, that requirement so applies in addition to the requirement in section 226 of the Companies Act 1985 (duty to prepare individual accounts)..

(7) In paragraph 5 (preservation of group accounts) after sub-paragraph (2) insert—

(3) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2), section 41 applies as if subsection (5) of that section were omitted..

(8) In paragraph 6 (audit of accounts of larger groups) for sub-paragraph (8) substitute—

(8) If this paragraph applies in relation to a financial year of a parent charity by virtue of sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)(subject to paragraph (b) below) the appropriate audit provision shall apply in relation to the parent charity’s own accounts for that year (whether or not it would otherwise so apply);

(b)where the parent charity is a company and its own accounts for that year are not required to be audited in accordance with Part 7 of the Companies Act 1985, section 43(2) of this Act shall apply in relation to those accounts (whether or not it would otherwise so apply)..

(9) In paragraph 6(9)(a), for “(b) or (c)” substitute “(b), (c) or (d)”.

(10) After paragraph 6(9)(c) insert –

(d)if the parent charity is a company, section 43(2) of this Act or Part 7 of the Companies Act 1985 (as the case may be)..

Phil Hope

Parliamentary Secretary of State

Cabinet Office

27 February 2008

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