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Charity Commission Guidance on Charities Exemption from the Equalities Act

The Charity Commission has published this guidance in advance of the Equalities Act coming into force on 1 October 2010.

The general idea of fair and equal treatment for all applies to charities, however some charities are set up to help particular disadvantaged groups in society, the law recognises this and exemptions some charities from parts of the Equalities Act.

The Charity Commission’s guidance specifically covers the part of the Equalities Act dealing with the ability of a charity to limit the group of people whom it helps, as set out in the charity exemption in the Act. It explains what new and existing charities need to know.

Where an existing or proposed restriction to a particular group on certain grounds is not based on the needs or disadvantages experienced by that group, charities will need a strong reason to continue with or include the restriction.

The Charity Commission will publish more detailed guidance by the end of the year to look at particular issues that may affect a small number of charities.



Date: 1st October, 2010
Author: Wendy Bambrick


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