Sector 'confused' by Charities Act

Almost two-thirds of charities do not fully understand the Charities Act 2006, a survey has suggested.

A poll by business support agency Jordans found that 62 per cent of the 50 charities that responded said their understanding of the act was not clear.

A further 38 per cent did not have a good understanding of how they could demonstrate that they were providing public benefit.

Cecile Gillard, head of the charities and voluntary sector department at Jordans, said it showed that the legislation had been introduced without the Government putting much thought into making practical explanations.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said it had arranged a series of events to explain the act.

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