Treasurer workshops

Sneaton Castle played host to 21 Church Treasurers last Friday (21 April), as part of a scheme of workshops to give guidance on charity accounting.

New accounting rules, through the 1993 Charities Act, sparked the formation of The Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers, 15 years ago.

The new legislation means that charities now have to maintain their records and produce their accounts in accordance with national standards.

The workshops covered budgeting, taxation, fund-raising regulations, and account preparation and troubleshooting.

Cyril Wood, Chairman of ACAT said: “The charity accounting regime takes no prisoners: charity accounting is more complex than commercial accounting, and yet our Church Treasurers are expected to do the job without formal accountancy training.

“ACAT aims to train lay treasurers to a high standard by a combination of seminars and workshops. The workshops held at Sneaton Castle comprised working through live case studies with a tutor, and we were very well received.”

For any information on further ACAT courses, contact Susan Bye on (0115) 952 6710.