Charitable purposes and Public Benefit

Charitable Purposes

Brings together our guidance, reports, key decisions and other resources that help explain the scope of the descriptions of purposes in the Charities Act 2006 and the sorts of charitable activity that might fall within each one

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Public benefit research

Research into charities' awareness, understanding and attitudes towards the public benefit requirements

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Public benefit assessment reports

See our latest reports on the public benefit of 12 charities and the emerging findings from the programme. In this section you will find:

Public Benefit: Statement of the basis for the Charity Commission's role and actions

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Charities and Public Benefit

This is the Charity Commission's statutory guidance on public benefit. It is guidance from the Charity Commission about public benefit and what charity trustees should consider in order to show that their charity's aims are for the public benefit.

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Help with Public Benefit Reporting

Our guidance and example trustee annual reports show how trustees can approach the duty to report on public benefit.

Public Benefit Assessment Information

The Charity Commission is starting a programme of public benefit assessments. This information sheet provides further details about this work, and what it means for your charity.

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Charities and Public Benefit: Summary Guidance for Charity Trustees

A summary of the key principles of the Charity Commission's general guidance to charities about public benefit.

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Analysis of the law underpinning Charities and Public Benefit

This guidance explains the legal underpinning for the principles of public benefit set out in Charities and Public Benefit.

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Consultations on draft supplementary guidance

There are no current consultations.

Supplementary Public Benefit Guidance

The Prevention or Relief of Poverty for the Public Benefit

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Analysis of the law underpinning The Prevention or Relief of Poverty for the Public Benefit (PDF)
Summary of responses (PDF)

The Advancement of Religion for the Public Benefit

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Analysis of the law underpinning The Advancement of Religion for the Public Benefit (PDF)
Summary of responses (PDF)


The Advancement of Education for the Public Benefit

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Analysis of the law underpinning The Advancement of Education for the Public Benefit (PDF)
Summary of responses (PDF)

Public Benefit and Fee-Charging

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Analysis of the law underpinning Public Benefit and Fee-charging (PDF)
Summary of responses (PDF)

Public Benefit and the Advancement of Moral or Ethical Belief Systems - Consultation ended 5th January 2009


Introduction (HTML) | Draft supplementary guidance (PDF) | Analysis of the law underpinning Public Benefit and the Advancement of Moral or Ethical Belief Systems (PDF)

Following the consultation, we made the decision not to take the guidance forward. Below is a summary of the feedback we received in response to the consultation:

Summary of consultation responses (PDF)

Explaining public benefit - key speeches

We have spoken to trustees at a number of events, exploring what the public benefit reporting requirement might mean for them. This section also includes a selection of key speeches given which explain public benefit against different charitiable purposes

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