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Charities Act 2011

The Charities Act 2011 came into force on 14 March 2012. The 2011 Act does not change existing law or introduce new policy but updates text and simplifies the structure of the existing legislation. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to guidance, briefings and to the Act itself.

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  • Legislation
  • Useful links
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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Charities Act 2011
The full text of the Act with accompanying explanatory notes.

Table of destinations
Table linking sections in the Charities Act 2011 to those in previous Acts

Useful links

A briefing on the Charities Act 2011
Briefing document summarising the key provisions of the Act, published by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

Charities Act 2011: practical implications
Blog post by Anne Davis, ICAEW's Head of Charity and Voluntary Sector, which provides practical guidance following the implementation of the new act.

Updating for the Charities Act 2011
Article published by ICAEW's Charity and Voluntary Sector Group providing advice on if and when charities need to update their accounting policies and documents for the Charities Act 2011.

About the Charities Act 2011
Information from the Charity Commission which explains what charities and their advisers should do from 14 March 2012 when the Charities Act 2011 comes into force.

Charities Act 2010-2012
Archived record of the progress of the Charities Bill through Parliament from March 2011 until it received Royal Assent on 14 December 2011.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans. You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service. Books in our print collection revised to take account of the Charities Act 2011 include:

Acting for charities
A. Epton (Wolters Kluwer, 2013)
Includes worked examples. The law is stated as at August 2013.

Charities: an industry accounting and auditing guide
A. Epton (Wolters Kluwer, 2013)
A guide to all the significant aspects of the accounting, auditing and taxation of charities, updated to reflect the introduction of the Charities Act 2011.

The Charity Finance SORP compliance checklist
D Bawtree (Civil Society Media Ltd)
This book is a comprehensive working document that crystallises essential reporting responsibilities for the busy charity practitioner or adviser. Includes full cross-referencing to the Charities SORP (FRS 102) and the Charities Act 2011. 

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