Charity Commission guide for local councils who act as sole trustees

Not all are aware of their responsibilities, says regulator

Guidance for councils who act as sole trustees for charities is being produced by the Local Government Association and the Charity Commission.

The guidance will set out the way in which councillors should manage sole trusteeship.

Sally Cooke, third sector policy officer at the LGA, told Third Sector that councillors needed an easily accessible guide to supplement the more detailed guidance that is available on the Charity Commission website.

"There have been problems in the past with councillors acting as trustees," she said. "This is largely because some councillors are not aware of their responsibilities."

News of the planned guidance comes soon after Birmingham City Council was accused of using charitable property that it controls for non-charitable purposes (24 February, page 3).

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