2. THE ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND LIABILITIES OF TRUSTEES
3. STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKEN TO PROTECT TRUSTEES
The registration of local Churches as Charities
Traditionally Churches have always been regarded as “charities” albeit that they have been excepted from the need to register with the Charity Commission. This position has now changed as a result of the Charities Act 2006. The “excepted charity” status of Churches is to be progressively withdrawn so that each local Church in England and Wales will eventually need to register with the Charity Commission. In view of the large number of local “Churches” involved the Charity Commission has started the registration process with local Churches who have an annual income in excess of £100,000. The requirement is for the charitable assets of the local Church to be registered with the Charity Commission as “the Charity "and this should have occurred by the 1st October 2009. Churches whose income first exceeds £100,000 in later years must register at that time.
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