Commentary

11 Effect of the Equality Act 2010

CHARITIES AND CHARITABLE GIVING vol 6(2)
| Commentary

11 Effect of the Equality Act 2010

| Commentary

11 Effect of the Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 has a significant effect not only on the activities of charities but also on the scope of their objects. All charitable purposes must by definition be lawful, therefore no purpose which breaches the requirements of the Act may stand. It has long been the case that references to skin colour in charities’ constitutions are legally disregarded1. The law now places restrictions on the provision of services (including charitable benefits) on persons defined by reference to their possessing or not possessing a ‘protected characteristic’2. There are numerous exceptions to the

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