Commission publishes first public benefit examples

The Charity Commission has published its first examples of how charities might show in their annual reports how they provide public benefit.

Under the terms of the Charities Act 2006, all charities will have to report on their public benefit from next year.

The example reports cover one fictional charity above the £500,000 audit threshold – a drugs advisory centre – and one, a youth club, below it.

Each principle in the commission's public benefit guidance is also linked to the example of how it is met in the example reports.

Andrew Hind, chief executive of the commission, said: "These examples show how straightforward reporting on your charity's public benefit can be in reality. We don't expect charities just to treat them as templates, but hope they find them a useful tool in building and developing their own reporting style."

More examples will be added to the commission's finalised supplementary public benefit guidance documents when they are published at the end of the year.

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