Charity registration with the Charity Commission
Charity registration with the Charity Commission

The following Private Client practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Charity registration with the Charity Commission
  • The Charity Commission for England and Wales
  • Registration of charities with the Commission
  • Obligation to register with the Commission
  • Charitable organisations
  • Charitable organisations excluded from the need to register with the Commission
  • Small charities
  • Exempt charities
  • Excepted charities
  • Steps prior to registration with the Commission
  • More...

Charity registration with the Charity Commission

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: On 22 March 2021, the government published its response  to the Law Commission’s report of 14 September 2017, ‘Technical Issues in Charity Law’. The Report stemmed in part from Lord Hodgson’s review in July 2012 pursuant to section 73 of the Charities Act 2006 (ChaA 2006), ‘Trusted and Independent: Giving charity back to charities’. The Report made 43 recommendations, in 12 areas. The Response wholly or partially accepted 38 of the recommendations. For a commentary on the Response please see News Analysis: Government response to Law Commission report ‘Technical Issues in Charity Law’. It is worth bearing the proposals – and the Response – in mind when considering and advising on charity law in general. Of particular relevance to this Practice Note, the government accepted recommendations relating the ability to change the objects of a charity. It is therefore possible that the position set out below in relation to this subject, in particular, may be affected by any legislative changes made in due course.

It was announced in the Queen’s Speech 2021 that there will be a Charities Bill in the 2021-22 parliamentary session to implement the above changes.

The Charity Commission for England and Wales

The Charity Commission for England and Wales (the Commission) emerged following the Charities Act 1960 (ChA 1960). Its role and powers have been enhanced by the Charities Act 1993 and

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