Charities Act 2006 and the Public Benefit Test

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A recent report by a Commons Committee has criticised the implementation of the Charities Act 2006.

The 2006 Act put an obligation on the Charity Commission to produce public benefit guidance.

The Committee have now criticised the way the Commission has interpreted public benefit and suggests it is for Parliament to determine the criteria for charitable status.  In particular the report highlights the costly litigation which has arisen since the Act and suggests the situation needs to be rectified with a new Act.  Furthermore the Committee called for Parliament to repeal the public benefit provisions in the 2006 Act.

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