The Cabinet Office published a timetable today that explains when the different sections of the new Charities Act are going to take effect. Largely these are broken down into three separate phases – July 2016, October 2016 and April 2017. A helpful set of explanatory notes on what each of the different clauses means will also be published on legislation.gov.uk next week.
Many of the Act’s provisions help to address gaps in the Charity Commission’s protective powers and will only affect a relatively small number of charities and individuals.
However, it also makes a few significant changes – most notably on disqualification – of which all charities will need to be aware. The timetable gives trustees sufficient time to take any action that is needed.
We’ll be issuing further updates and information about the provisions in the coming weeks and months – look out for the next edition of Charity Commission News and updates on Twitter and on our website. However, we wanted to use this opportunity to set out now what the main changes cover and how we’re planning to help you prepare for their introduction in the coming months:
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