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Charities Act 2006

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the cost of (a) the time of civil servants in her Department of the introduction of the Charities Act 2006 and (b) (i) consultation and (ii) publication of guidance in association with the Act. (307436)

Disaggregated costs associated with the introduction of the Charities Act 2006 are not held centrally, and no estimate has been made of the costs to the Cabinet Office of implementing the Act. There are currently three civil servants in the Office of the Third Sector, working on the implementation of the Act, which has included several consultations on secondary legislation, and the preparation of guidance. The Charity Commission, as independent regulator of charities in England and Wales has a significant role in implementing the Charities Act 2006 and has updated its guidance to reflect the Act.

The Act contains a statutory requirement for a review of its operation to begin within five years of Royal Assent. The review, which will include an assessment of the Act’s implementation, must also be laid in Parliament.