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Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill 2015-16

29.05.15

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill 2015-16 was introduced in the House of Lords on 29 May 2015.

The aim of the Bill is to protect charities from people who present a risk of abuse.

This would include extending the criteria for automatic disqualification from charity trusteeship, and would extend disqualification to senior management positions to better protect charities from the risk of abuse.

The Bill gives the Charity Commission for England and Wales new powers to tackle abuse of funds, enabling it to:

  • Direct that a charity be closed down after an inquiry;
  • Issue official warnings to charities;
  • Disqualify a person who is unfit to serve as a charity trustee in certain circumstances;
  • Address some gaps and weaknesses in the Charity Commission’s existing powers.

The Bill would also give charities a new legal power to invest their funds so that they provide a financial return that can be used to further the charity’s aims.

You can find the full text of the Bill on the Parliament UK website.