Public benefit: an overview

About the Charity Commission's public benefit guidance.

Applies to England and Wales


Public benefit: an overview

Public benefit: an overview

Budd cyhoeddus: trosolwg

Public benefit framework chart

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


All charity trustees must have regard to the Commission’s set of 3 public benefit guides. These cover:

  • what it means to be a charity established for public benefit
  • how to operate as a charity for public benefit
  • how to report on the public benefit from a charity’s work

This guide gives an overview of the Commission’s guidance on public benefit.

Published 16 September 2013