HL Deb 12 February 2004 vol 656 cc188-9WA
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why under the Companies Act 1985 (Accounts of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 16/2004) the gross income limit for charities is left unchanged at £90,000 per annum. [HL1149]

Lord Sainsbury of Turville

Under the Companies Act 1985 a company which is a charity must have its accounts audited if its gross income is more than £250,000 per annum. If the gross income is between £90,000 and £250,000 a company which is a charity is required to have a report prepared by a reporting accountant.

Following the Strategy Unit review of the law and regulation of the charitable and not-for-profit-sector, the DTI is considering with the Home Office increasing the gross income audit threshold for unincorporated charities and charitable companies from £250,000 to £500,000 per annum.