| Commentary

8 Recreational charities

| Commentary

8 Recreational charities

The provision of recreational facilities is recognised as a type of charitable purpose1. Slightly different criteria apply to recreational trusts based on social welfare and the need for such facilities and are set out separately in Section 5 of the Charities Act 2011. They largely reproduce the former requirements of the Recreational Charities Act 1958 with the important addition that single sex facilities for either sex can now be provided where appropriate.

The Recreational Charities Act 1958 was passed in the light of the decision in IRC v Baddeley2. This had raised questions about the charitable status of

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