Commission to help schools over public benefit

The Charity Commission is to produce specific examples of how trustees of independent schools and care homes should report on public benefit in their annual reports.

The example reports will be published at the same time as the commission's finalised public benefit guidance for fee-charging charities, which is expected by the end of the year.

The commission will also produce a web page where the principles of public benefit reporting mentioned in its general guidance on public benefit are cross-referenced with specific passages from the sample report.

Nick Mott, head of public benefit review and reporting at the commission, said charities should build on the examples rather than use them as templates to slot words into.

Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the commission, said the regulator should aim to produce an example report for each statutory charitable purpose. She emphasised that the regulator would not base its assessment of charities' public benefit solely on their trustees' annual reports.

She said: "We are only in the beginning of public benefit reporting. It is important that its impact will be assessed in three years."

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