Updated implementation plan for 2006 Charities Act

The Office of the Third Sector has published an updated implementation plan for the Charities Act 2006. The new document sets out when various provisions of the act will come into force.

Another three ‘commencements’ are scheduled over the next year; the first one, in February 2007, introduced measures such as the Charity Commission’s new objectives and duties, and the increase of audit and registration thresholds.

The second commencement starts this month with the provision relating to charity mergers, including the publication of an online register of mergers managed by the Charity Commission.

The third commencement order will see measures coming into force in the first quarter of 2008, including the new Charity Tribunal in February, the new definition of charity and public benefit requirements in March and changes to audit and accounting requirements in the spring.

The remaining measures will be implemented later next year. Provisions for the much-anticipated charitable incorporated organisation should be in place by the summer, after public consultation and parliamentary scrutiny. Excepted charities with annual incomes of more than £100,000 will be required to register with the Charity Commission from 1 October 2008, while the requirement for exempted charities will come at a later stage in 2009.

The full update is available on the OTS website.

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