House of Lords passes charity law consolidation order

Move paves the way for bill to 'correct and modernise' existing legislation

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The House of Lords has approved an order that will enable the three charities acts that apply to England and Wales to be more easily consolidated in the Charities Bill 2011.

In a debate last week, the Conservative peer Baroness Verma said the Charities (Pre-Consolidation Amendments) Order 2011 would prepare the way for the forthcoming consolidation of the Charities Act 2006, the Charities Act 1993 and the Recreational Charities Act 1958. It would correct minor mistakes in the legislation and modernise its language, she said.

Lord Phillips of Sudbury, a consultant for the law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite, said during the debate that consolidating the legislation would make it easier for people who work and volunteer for charities to understand the relevant legislation.

The consolidation bill would be considered by the Lords for the first time this coming Thursday, he said.

Baroness Verma said that the review of the Charities Act 2006, which is due to start later this year, would conclude "some time in 2012". She said no firm timetable had been set.

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