Umbrella bodies give thumbs up to public benefit guidance

Third sector umbrella organisations the NCVO and Acevo welcomed the final public benefit guidance published by the Charity Commission yesterday.

Acevo said charities should welcome the opportunity provided by the public benefit test to demonstrate their worth and communicate further with the public.

“Maintaining public trust is crucial for the sector and it is right that those with charitable status should practically and publicly demonstrate the reasons for holding these privileges,” said Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo.

The NCVO welcomed the focus on access to charitable activities for people living in poverty.

“It is the NCVO’s strong view that people should have the opportunity to benefit whatever their income,” said Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO. “Cost should not be a barrier to charity. The commission is therefore right to focus on this in its guidance and we look forward to it being robustly implemented.”

The requirement for charities to demonstrate that their purposes are for public benefit will take effect from 1 April, with the first reports expected at the end of the financial year 2008/09.

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