Public benefit: the public benefit requirement (PB1)

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

Applies to England and Wales



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
Published 16 September 2013