Technicalities causing a drag on the smooth operation of charities ‘like barnacles on a boat'

Current charity laws hinder legitimate charitable activities and force charities to obtain professional advice that should not be necessary, the Law Commission has said in new proposals to reform the rules regulating the third sector.

“Charities are a force for good and millions regularly donate to help others. But the rules that govern them have to be right,” said professor Nick Hopkins, the commissioner in charge of the project. “As it is, some of the technical law around charities is inefficient and unduly complex. Our reforms would help make sure charities use their time and money in the best way to support their good causes,...

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