Law Commission starts review of charity law

The long-awaited project is expected to run until March 2014

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Law Commission

The Law Commission has started its long-awaited review into aspects of charity law.

The project is expected to run until March 2014, when the commission will publish a consultation paper. A spokeswoman for the commission said it might also publish provisional proposals at the same time.

A statement on the Law Commission website said the review would examine issues relating to the legal framework that charities operate in, and recommend reforms.

Part of the review 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 of the Charities Act 2006.

Hodgson’s review, which was completed last year, made 113 recommendations, including withdrawing Gift Aid for the late filing of accounts and allowing charities with incomes of more than £1m to pay trustees without gaining the regulator’s consent.

The Law Commission’s review was delayed last year after the government requested that the commission prioritised its work on the Electronic Communications Code.

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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