Consultation on draft bill to simplify charity laws

No big policy changes, says Office of the Third Sector

The Office of the Third Sector has launched a consultation on a draft version of a consolidation bill that will bring together and simplify all major legislation relating to charities in England and Wales.

The bill, which was promised during the passage of the Charities Act 2006, will bring together provisions from the Recreational Charities Act 1958, the Charities Act 1993 and most of the Charities Act 2006.

OTS said the bill is not intended to introduce significant policy changes, but will repeal obsolete provisions and correct minor drafting mistakes and inconsistencies in the existing legislation. It said the bill will also present the text in a simpler and more accessible way, such as splitting up longer sections.

Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector, said: "Through the implementation of the Charities Act 2006, the Government has freed charities from unnecessary red tape and introduced fair rules that treat all charities equally. The views of all those who work with charity law will help ensure that we develop the clearest and most user-friendly bill as possible."

The consultation runs until 4 December.

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