Following the release of the long awaited 'Government Response to the Law Commission Report on Technical Issues in Charity law' on 22 March and the announcement of the Charities Bill in the Queen's Speech on 11 May, the Draft Charities Bill has now been published.
The Bill includes changes to a number of aspects of charity law including:
- Financial thresholds, changing purposes and governing documents;
- ex-gracia payments, cy-pres; and
- changes to disposal of land (s.117-121 Charites Act 2011) as well as to permanent endowment.
The foreword to the Report focussed on the contribution to the civic society during the Covid-19 pandemic and states an aim to further facilitate its work:
The Bill is predicted to move "quite quickly" through Parliament.
The Government response to the Law Commission Report on Technical Issues in Charity Law which proceeded the Draft and provides a useful summary and explanatory of thinking behind the proposed changes is here.