The Charity Commission is a statutory non-ministerial regulatory body, charged with the administration of charities in accordance with existing law.

For any voluntary organisation, charitable status is not only a major fundraising necessity, but also results in no tax being levied on the organisation’s assets or income. Such organisations will usually cease to exist if they lose, or fail to prove their charitable status to the charity commission’s satisfaction. To do so, an organisation’s purpose must be charitable within the list of charitable purposes in the Charities Act 2006, and this purpose must be proven to benefit the public.

But, while the Act places a duty on the Charity Commission to publish guidance on how this pu...

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