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review of charity law

By Kevin Russell | 19 March 2012

Charity Law Review

The Government’s Review of the Charities Act 2006 and of the legal and regulatory framework for charities is now well underway. Stewardship’s Technical Director, Kevin Russell is participating in several meetings with Lord Hodgson who is leading the review.

 

If you have any ideas for improving charity law, or have experienced difficulties with existing law, you can feed into the review either by emailing [email protected] or responding to the specific questions raised in one or more of the ‘Calls for Evidence’.

 

The Calls for Evidence comprise a number of separate short papers which explain each issue being considered, followed by a series of consultation questions and a means for you to respond. To date, 13 papers have been issued covering:

 

  • Exempt charities
  • The regulation of disposals of and mortgages over charity land
  • The effectiveness of organisational forms available to charities
  • The Charity Commission
  • Charity Mergers, restructuring, constitutional change, dissolution and winding-up
  • The definition of charity and the public benefit requirement
  • Mixed motive (or mixed purpose) investment
  • The role of trustees
  • Reporting and accounting requirements for charities
  • Fundraising: self-regulation and transparency
  • Charity registration thresholds and excepted charities
  • Complaints, appeals and redress
  • Future regulation of public charitable collections

They can be accessed from here.

Posted by Kevin Russell

Our Legal Eagle guru and Stewardship's Technical Director, Kevin constantly has his finger on the pulse of all things tax and charity law-related. His briefing papers for charities, churches and individuals are an invaluable resource on everything from VAT to Gift Aid. 

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