Charities Understanding the Public Benefit Requirement

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Course Overview

Charities attract significant tax advantages and reliefs. But a significant element of private benefit will negate the public character of any fund or organisation so that it cannot be recognised as a charity. Historic presumptions of public benefit in relation to religion, education and relief of poverty have been abolished, which means that funds and organisations, plus those making wills or creating settlements, need to be aware of the new statutory requirement for public benefit.

During this webinar Richard Quenby will consider how the requirement influences whether, and if so how much, a charity (e.g. a school, or an advice centre) can charge for its services, or the level of service which it can provide before it becomes so ‘elite’ that it no longer truly serves the public. The tension between public benefit and ancillary private benefits (e.g. where an organisation set up to promote industry and commerce for the public benefit has additional aims to develop and provide support services and advice for the benefit of particular local businesses) will also be examined.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 1 hour recorded webinar
  • This course provides one CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  •  On completion of this course you will:

    • Be aware of the issues involved when a public benefit confers advantages on members.
    • Be familiar with the public benefit requirement including ‘the benefit aspect’ & the ‘public aspect’
    • Have considered how detriment or harm might affect the public benefit requirement
    • Be able to identify whether a charity benefits the public in general or a sufficient section of the public
    • Be aware of the requirements when running a charity
    • Understand a trustee’s duties and responsibilities
    • Know how the risk of harm is managed
    • Be familiar with the reporting requirements and processes

What is the target audience?

  • Practitioners



About Instructor - Richard Quenby

Richard was called to the Bar in 1985. For the next thirteen years he practised at the Chancery Bar in Manchester, where he specialised in landlord and tenant, commercial property and insolvency work.

Richard now works as a freelance writer, tutor and lecturer. His published articles have appeared in Estates Gazette, Property Week, Legal Week and The Lawyer. He is also the co-author of Flat Schemes in Residential and Mixed Use Developments, published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


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