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The measures in the draft bill include:
banning people with convictions for certain criminal offences, such as terrorism or money laundering, from being a charity trustee
a new power to disqualify a person from being a charity trustee where the Charity Commission considers them unfit
a new power for the Commission to require a charity to shut down following an inquiry into misconduct or mismanagement, where this would help maintain public trust and confidence in charities
a new power for the Commission to issue official warnings for less serious cases: the Commission can put this on the charity’s official record and if evidence is found that they have not dealt with the problem, the Commission will take further action
closing loopholes that have prevented the Charity Commission from taking enforcement action in the past, eg where trustees have resigned to avoid removal and disqualification
The draft bill also includes explanatory notes, a summary of consultation responses and the impact assessment.
Many of the provisions in the draft Protection of Charities Bill would amend or add to existing provisions in the Charities Act 2011. To help readers understand the draft bill, the proposed version of the Charities Act 2011 shows how it would be amended by the draft bill.