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Charity law update

A round-up of recent developments and cases, by Douglas G Cracknell

15 December 2003

The reform of the law relating to charities and other voluntary organisations has advanced a further stage with the publication by the Home Office of Charities and Not-for-Profits: A Modern Legal Framework, the Government’s response to the proposals made in the Strategy Unit’s review Private Action, Public Benefit. In his foreword, Home Secretary David Blunkett said: "These reforms are very important. They will highlight the public character of charities and their role as a force for good in society. They will enable organisations to be more effective in their work. And they will help sustain the high level of public confidence and trust without which charities could not flourish." In February this year Blunkett announced that the Government would be preparing a Charities Bill to take forward the review’s charity law proposals. The Government will publish a draft Charities Bill as soon as possible and work is already in progress to take forward the proposals f...

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