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Cabinet Office consultation: Making it easier for charities to sell and make other disposals of land

The Cabinet Office is consulting on extending the definition of ’qualified surveyor’ in section 36(4) of the Charities Act 1993.

At the moment, trustees of English and Welsh charities who want to sell or otherwise dispose of land must normally get a written report from a professional adviser who is a ’qualified surveyor’. The current definition in the Charities Act 1993 may be too narrow, making it difficult for charities to sell or dispose of land.

We are consulting about extending the definition to include Fellows of the National Association of Estate Agents.

Have your say

We would particularly like to hear from property professionals, such as surveyors and estate agents, and charities that own land or interests in land, such as leases.

But anyone can respond and all views will be considered in full.

The consultation period closes on 7 June 2010.

How to submit your response

You can email your response form back to Surveyors Consultation.

Consultation documents

Changing the way exempt charities are regulated as charities

Charities that are not allowed to register with the Charity Commission are exempt charities – and sit outside of the Charity Commission's jurisdiction.

The Charities Act 2006 will change the way particular groups of exempt charities are regulated, taking effect from 1 June 2010. These groups include certain universities, colleges, student unions, museums, galleries and church institutions.

The Charities Act 2006 improves charity law oversight of exempt charities in one of two ways:

Regulators for exempt charities

Groups of charities that will remain exempt and the proposed principal regulators to be appointed for them on 1 June 2010 are:

Excepted charities

The following exempt charities will become excepted charities on 1 June 2010:

If their gross annual income exceeds £100,000 they will be required to register with the Charity Commission.