Charity Commission puts out new version of trustee guide

The Charity Commission has released a new version of its guidance The Essential Trustee (CC3), which includes a change to its definition of the word "should".

The Charity Commission has released a new version of its guidance The Essential Trustee (CC3), which includes a change to its definition of the word "should".

Sector bodies had raised concerns about the tone and content of a preliminary redraft of CC3 after it was released by the commission in November.

In particular, they feared the introduction of a tougher definition of the word "should" could lead to a situation in which good practice recommendations were treated as legal requirements by trustees.

The new version of CC3 defines "should" as "meaning something is good practice that the commission expects trustees to follow and apply to their charity".

Several amendments in the new version were welcomed, but Chris Priestley, a partner at the law firm Withers who chaired the working party that put together the Charity Law Association response, said it still represented "regulatory creep".

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