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Charity Update 6 March 2012



United Kingdom

Charity Update 6 March 2012

20 February 2012

Review of the Charities Act 2006

Lord Hodgson's review, which will also cover aspects of charity law beyond the 2006 Act, is now in its consultation stage.

Cabinet Office

20 February 2012

Restricted beneficiary trusts can meet charity test, says tribunal

Certain trusts set up to relieve poverty among a limited class of beneficiaries can satisfy the Charities Act 2006 public benefit test and are therefore entitled to charitable status.

Maitland Chambers

27 February 2012

More than 1 in 5 charities report cancelled contracts

A new survey commissioned by Charity Bank has revealed that more than 20% of charities have suffered from the cancellation of contracts with businesses and government bodies during the last year.

Charity Bank

29 February 2012

Charity registration process change from 1 March 2012

From 1 March 2012 it will become compulsory to attach all accompanying documents (governing documents, trustee declaration, bank statement and other supporting documents) at the time the online application is submitted.

Charity Commission

29 February 2012

Gift Aid declarations change

HMRC has issued revised guidance on what must be contained in Gift Aid declarations. All new Gift Aid declarations must include new wording. HMRC has confirmed to Fieldfisher that existing Gift Aid declarations will not require amendment. For further detail see our alert.


1 March 2012

About the Charities Act 2011

The Charities Act 2011 comes into effect on 14 March 2012. It is a consolidating Act of Parliament which sets out how all charities in England and Wales are registered and regulated.

Charity Commission

1 March 2012

Social Investment Business wins contract to deliver a £10 million Investment and Contract Readiness Fund

The Social Investment Business has been awarded a new Government contract to manage a £10 million fund that can help social ventures prepare themselves to raise additional social investment and/or to run public services.

Social Investment Business

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