Lord Hodgson’s charity law review

By Adam Williams

On 8 November 2011, Lord Hodgson was appointed by the government to lead the review of the Charities Act 2006. The fundamental aim of the review was to understand how the legislation operates in practice, how effective it is and whether the legal and regulatory framework for charities in England and Wales is fit for purpose now and in the future. 

The eagerly awaited review was published on 16 July this year containing 130 recommendations, which the government responded to on 5 September. A few days later on 9 September, I attended the Westminster Social Policy Forum event on Charity Law and Regulation. Lord Hodgson took the opportunity as one of the speakers to comment on a number of key points to come out of his review.

The Public Administration Select Committee (a body that examines the quality and standards of administration within the Civil Service) prepared a report in June that concluded that the Charities Act 2006 is ‘critically flawed on the issue of public benefit’ and that Parliament should ‘revisit the legislation and set the criteria for charitable status rather than delegating such decisions to the Charity Commission and the courts’…

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