The role of the Charity Commission and 'public benefit'.

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The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published their further report "The role of the Charity Commission and “public benefit”: Post–legislative scrutiny of the Charities Act 2006: Charity Commission Response to the Committee's Third Report of Session 2013–14" on 18 December 2013.

The headline points in the report can be summarised as follows:

  • The Commission are continuing to develop ways in which they can identify abuses of charitable status for the avoidance of tax;
  • The Commission may, in the future, introduce charges for the registration of new charities and the submission of annual returns;
  • The Commission do not agree with PASC's proposals that the compulsory registration threshold for charities should be raised to £25,000. This is due to a potential impact on the transparency of charities if a larger number were to be unregistered; and 
  • No statutory definition of public benefit is planned.

Key action point:

  • You can view PASC's report here.