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A new ball game

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 has emboldened the Charity Commission, but to what effect?

11 May 2016

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 passed into law in March this year. The act grants new powers to the Charity Commission in dealing with charities and their trustees, and gives charities the right to make social investments. Although the government has committed to waiting at least a year until some provisions are brought into force, the majority of the legislation may well be implemented shortly.

The act is divided into three main parts; (a) the strengthening of the regulatory powers of the Charity Commission; (b) the granting of powers to charities to make social investments; and (c) an element on fundraising techniques.

One of the most significant of the commission's new powers is the ability to issue an 'official warning' to charities or trustees. This can be issued where the commission believes there has been misconduct or mismanagement, or a...

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