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Charitable Status

What is a Charity?
A group with wholly charitable aims has charitable status whether or not it is registered with the charity commission. In its strict legal sense, a charity is an organisation established for charitable purposes, and will generally be registered under the Charities Act 2006.


Charitable Purposes

A group is charitable if all of its aims and objectives as stated in its constitution are charitable, including
> The relief of poverty
> The advancement of religion
> The advancement of education
> Other purposes beneficial to the community

How to register with the Charity Commission

Guidance and the online registration form are available on the charity commission website www.charitycommission.gov.uk

There are minimum requirements for charity registration.
They are as follows:

1. That the association’s aims or objects, as stated in its governing document, are solely charitable

2. That the association has one of the following:

  • A minimum annual income of £5,000 per year, unless it is planning to be a charitable Incorprated Organisation (CIO)
  • Use or occupation of rateable land or buildings
  • A permanent endowment

contact the Third Sector Support Team at PAVS if you require support to register as a charity development@pavs.org.uk


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