Have your say on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill

03 December 2015

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

Aims of the Bill

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill includes provisions intended to:

  • provide stronger protection for charities in England and Wales from individuals who are unfit to be charity trustees;
  • equip the Charity Commission with new or strengthened powers to tackle abuse of charity more effectively and efficiently;
  • give charities a new power to make social investments; and
  • require the inclusion of certain additional matters in commercial fundraising agreements.

Follow the progress of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill was initially published in the House of Lords and completed its Parliamentary stages there on 14 September 2015. The Bill arrived in the House of Commons on 15 September 2015 and had its second reading debate on 3 December 2015.

This Bill has now been committed to a Public Bill Committee which will hold its first meeting on Tuesday 15 December. Further dates will be agreed once the Bill Committee has met, although Bill Committees usually meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Public Bill Committee is expected to finish and report the Bill to the House by Thursday 7 January 2016. Please note, there are no oral evidence sessions scheduled.

Deadline for submissions

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. Your submission should be emailed to scrutiny@parliament.uk The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration. The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 15 December; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Thursday 7 January 2016. Please note that when the Committee reports it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can report earlier than the expected deadline of 5.00pm on Thursday 7 January 2016.

For further details on how to submit evidence to public bill committee please refer to the Guidance on submitting written evidence.

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