Charity Commission asks for more feedback on public benefit consultation

Regulator wants more responses to its proposed guidance, which was revised after an Upper Tribunal ruling last year

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Charity Commission

The Charity Commission is urging the sector to contribute to its consultation on public benefit after receiving a limited response so far.

A spokeswoman for the commission said there had been 27 direct responses to the consultation to date, while a live blog covering the consultation had received 30 comments. The consultation was launched on 26 June and will close on 26 September.

Many of the comments made online, which can be viewed here, focus on the format of the guidance rather than the actual content. The commission wants to receive feedback on both.

Under the revised guidance, charities would need to demonstrate that they provide public benefit through their stated purposes rather than their activities. It also says that charities must show who benefits from their purposes and how they benefit in order to demonstrate public benefit.

The guidance has been revised after the Upper Tribunal ruled last year that key sections of the commission’s guidance on public benefit by fee-charging charities were wrong.

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