Deadline for excepted charities to register with Charity Commission extended to 2014

Excepted organisations, such as those connected with some Christian churches, will no longer have to register before 1 October this year

The deadline for excepted charities to register with the Charity Commission has been extended until 2014.

A statutory instrument laid before parliament earlier this month by Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, says that the deadline for registration with the commission for excepted charities – which include scout and guide groups, armed forces charitable funds and charities connected with some Christian churches – will be extended from 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2014.

It is the fourth time the deadline has been extended since the regulations were first included in the Charities Act 1993.

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said she was unable to say how many charities with excepted status would have had to register before October had the extension not been made, but said that approximately 4,000 excepted organisations had been registered since the implementation of the Charities Act 2006.

A provision set out in the 2006 act, which was enacted in 2009, said that a charity could hold excepted status only if its annual income was under £100,000.

In his review of the Charities Act 2006, Lord Hodgson recommended that the lowering of the registration threshold for excepted charities – from £100,000 to £50,000 and finally £25,000 – should continue over a three-year period.

He said that this period should begin once "all existing organisations wishing to convert to a charitable incorporated organisation have had two years to do so". The CIO legal form is only currently available in Scotland.

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