Charities Bill update
The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill for England and Wales has received its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill is designed to strengthen the powers of the Charity Commission, exclude those convicted of criminal offences from being trustees, and introduce a new power for trustees to make social investments. While welcoming many of the provisions, ACF retains some concerns in line with its previous consultation response, submitted when the Bill was at draft stage, including the power to issue statutory warnings without a right of challenge. ACF will continue to keep members informed of any developments related to the Bill.