Labour rebels will back Bill change

Mathew Little

The Charities Bill is expected to complete its parliamentary stages within a month.

The Bill will feature in the legislative programme announced tomorrow when Parliament returns from its summer recess. "We expect the matter to be done and dusted by 15 November," said an NCVO spokesman.

However, the debate over the public benefit test has still to be resolved.

Up to 70 MPs could support an amendment from Labour's John Grogan that would require the Charity Commission to have regard to any "undue obstacles" in deciding if a body provides public benefit.

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