Law Commission postpones the start of its charity law review until March

The commission will look at the legal framework in which charities operate and will incorporate issues arising from Lord Hodgson's review of the Charities Act 2006

The Law Commission has delayed the start of its review into aspects of charity law until next year.

The project, which was originally due to start at the end of this year, will begin in March 2013, according to the Law Commission’s website. It intends to publish a consultation paper on the project in March 2014.

The commission said it had rescheduled the start of the project after a request from the government to prioritise its work on the Electronic Communications Code.

The revised date also allows the commission to finalise the scope of the project in light of the government’s response to Lord Hodgson’s report on his review of the Charities Act 2006, and issues arising from the Public Administration Select Committee’s continuing inquiry into the implementation and operation of the act.

The project will examine issues relating to the legal framework within which charities operate in order to recommend reforms. Part of it will focus on charities that are structured as charitable corporations by royal charter or by statute, with the rest of the project made up of issues arising from Lord Hodgson’s review.

If the project proceeds to a final report with a draft bill, the commission expects this to be published in March 2016.

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