Draft consolidated Charities Bill is planned

Bill expected to become law during 2009/10 parliamentary session

The Office of the Third Sector aims to publish a draft consolidated Charities Bill by the end of the summer.

The bill will combine the Charities Acts of 1992, 1993 and 2006, but will not substantially alter charity law. Like other consolidation bills, it will be introduced in the House of Lords, where a committee will be established to debate its wording.

A spokeswoman for the OTS said the Government hoped to get the bill through in the 2009/10 session.

Nicola Evans, a senior associate at law firm Bircham Dyson Bell, said: "I welcome reducing three separate acts, one of which in large part amends the other two, to one consolidated act. This should provide a small but important measure of simplification to an area that has been deluged with legislation, regulations and guidance."

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