Russell-Cooke solicitors, who do a lot of work in the voluntary sector, warn that it can take significantly longer to achieve registration than in recent years. Their experience is that it is frequently now taking between five and six months to obtain charity registration.
A significant loss of funding and cuts in staff have meant that the Commission is struggling to manage an increasingly heavy workload and focussing more of its resources on regulatory matters such as dealing with serious incident reports.
There are clearly exceptions to this longer timeframe for charity registration, but what if your charity registration is required by a certain date to receive particular funding, or if you are planning on carrying out a merger of two charities and need to establish a new registered charity by a certain date?
If these issues are a problem for your organisation, contact us at RedbridgeCVS and we'll do what we can to help.