Following widespread consultation with the third sector, new guidance has been published by OCSR, which should make it easier to understand how to become a charity and how to stay within the rules on public benefit.

Meeting the Charity Test  has been rewritten to ensure ease of use.  The web-based guidance is now organised into different sections, for easy reference, based on individual needs and is written in non-technical language, with case studies that illustrate the issues that OSCR must consider when awarding charitable status or when issues arise with governance.

While the new guidance is essential for those wishing to set-up a charity, OSCR stresses that it will also be useful for reference purposes for existing charities, to ensure that their activities remain within the law.

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