The Charities Act received Royal Assent on 14 December 2011, bringing together provisions of the Charities Acts 1993 and 2006 together with other legislation relating to charities. The Act does not change the existing law or introduce new concepts but, rather, consolidates the very many statutes relating to charities into a comprehensive code. It will come into force in March 2012.
Charity legislation has been criticised for being hard to follow: this is evident from the fact that the new Act consolidates charity law from about 50 different current statutes and amends about another 80! The Act simplifies the structure of existing legislation and should make the law more accessible to those it affects.
This must be considered a work in progress, not least as the five year review of the Charities Act 2006 is currently underway. However perhaps future amendments will now be concentrated on the new Act.
For further information, please contact Chris Knight on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01604 463103.