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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

Any organisation wanting to become a charity should obtain a copy of the Charity Commission═s publication ´Registering as a Charity (CC21). This is available on the charity commission website www.charitycommission.gov.uk or a copy can be requested via the Charity Commission helpline 0845 333 888. A group will need to have agreed on the most appropriate legal structure, developed aims that are solely charitable by law, developed and adopted a governing document and set up a bank account in the name of the organisation.

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
  • Use or occupation of rateable land or buildings
  • A permanent endowment
Click here for Advantages and disadvantages of Charity Registration

A charity registration pack should then be requested and completed.

It is difficult to say how long the registration process takes. It depends on how straightforward the case is. If the answers on the application and/ or the supporting documents are unclear, the Commission may ask for additional information in order to help them to make their decision.

  Contact PAVS: enquiries@pavs.org.uk Tel: (01437) 769422

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