Welsh 'plain language' constitution may move to England

Charity Commission considers widening use of model document for small unincorporated organisations

The Charity Commission is considering bringing to England a simple model constitution for small unincorporated organisations that is currently available only in Wales.

The 'plain language constitution' is aimed at unincorporated charities that want to establish themselves formally but fall below the annual income threshold of £5,000 for registering with the commission.

The model governing document was developed by the commission's Wales office in partnership with the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action and various Welsh voluntary councils.

It is being trialled in Wales, but a spokeswoman for the commission said it was considering making it more widely available. The constitution would make it easier to set up small charities, and a model document usually saved a charity the expense of a solicitor, she said.

The model was developed as part of the commission's programme of regularly reviewing its approved governing documents.

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