The Charities Bill, Explained: catch up on the full series

What does your charity need to know about the proposed new Bill? Our blog series untangles the key issues across a range of topics to pull out the points your charity should understand, action now and plan for.


Catch up with the latest blogs in the series.

  1. Amending a corporate charity’s constitution
    If the Charities Bill becomes law, it will change the rules on amending governing documents for charities which are companies or Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs). In this blog, we outline what these organisations will need to know.
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  2. Amending the governing document of a charitable trust or unincorporated association
    If your organisation is an unincorporated charity (including charitable trusts and charitable unincorporated associations) here’s what you’ll need to know about changing your governing document under the new Bill.
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  3. Failed charity appeals
    Charities often make appeals to raise money for a particular project. If they raise too much money, how should the charity deal with the extra funds (surplus cases)? Or if they don’t raise enough and the equipment cannot be purchased, what should the charity do with these funds (called initial failure)? This blog looks at how the new Bill handles the rules around this.
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  4. Changes and clarifications to the law around legacies
    This blog takes a deep dive into the proposed changes to the law around legacies – including ex gratia payments, mergers and charity land.
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  5. Key changes to the rules relating to charity land
    We look at two of the proposed changes to the rules on disposals of charity land which could save charities time and money when disposing of property.
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  6. Permanent endowment and restricted funds
    Many charities, including incorporated charities, hold funds which are subject to restrictions in relation to how they may be spent. We explain the changes to the rules affecting a charity’s permanent endowment and other restricted funds.
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  7. Trustee Matters
    We explore how the Charities Bill could make life easier for trustees dealing with defective trustee appointments, seeking remuneration for providing goods to charity or payment for work already done where payment was not authorised, as well as reducing red tape for corporate trustees needing trust corporation status.
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  8. Social Investment
    Have you considered how the new Bill could affect your charity’s social investment activities? Our blog outlines key changes, focusing on investing permanent endowment and the restrictions on dispositions of land.
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  9. Costs and Tribunal proceedings
    We look at how the new Bill is expected to reassure trustees when it comes to costs incurred at the Tribunal.
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  10. Charity names
    We look at provisions in the Charities Bill which will extend the Charity Commission’s powers in relation to charity names and, in particular, in relation to working names, possibly increasing the risk of challenges and name disputes.
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This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of October 18, 2021.