Setting up and running a charity – guidance

Public benefit: the public benefit requirement (PB1)

Charity Commission guidance on the legal requirement that charities provide public benefit.


Public benefit: the public benefit requirement

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A charity’s purposes must be for the public benefit. The guidance explains this legal requirement. All charity trustees must have regard to this guidance.

This guidance is relevant to:

  • people thinking of setting up or registering a charity
  • a trustee of an existing charity wanting to change their charity’s purpose