Policy paper

Charity registration and public benefit: parliamentary briefing

Parliamentary briefing of November 2012 setting out the commission’s role in assessing public benefit when registering charities.

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As the regulator, it is the commission’s role to determine if organisations are charitable in law. An organisation must be established for charitable purposes that are for the public benefit.

It is up to the organisations to demonstrate that it is a charity, not the commission.

Published 13 November 2012