Trustee payment guidance updated

Charities that wish to pay their trustees for providing good and services should come up with a written agreement, set a 'reasonable' payment level and ensure that the trustee in question does not take part in the procurement decision, according to the Charity Commission.

The advice is contained in a new edition of the regulator's guidance on trustee payment, updated after the introduction earlier this year of new rules allowing charities to pay their trustees for providing goods and services (Third Sector, 13 February).

The CC11 Trustee Expenses and Payments guidance lists the kinds of services for which the Charities Act 2006 permits trustees to be paid, and the conditions under which such arrangements are permissible.

"The voluntary principle of trusteeship remains at the heart of the role," said Rosie Chapman, executive director of policy and effectiveness at the commission. "Our updated guidance provides clear and practical advice on all types of trustee payments, and reinforces the importance of clear and transparent reporting in this area."

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