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What are the circumstances in which charities are able to deliver public services? To help charities answer this qu...
What are the circumstances in which charities are able to deliver public services? To help charities answer this question, the Charity Commission today announced a consultation on its new guidance 'Charities and public service delivery'.

The draft guidance takes into account a number of changes, both within the charitable sector and in the relationships between charities and the public sector. It's based on wide consultation with charities and provides some key recommendations about delivering public services.

Andrew Hind, the commission's chief executive, said:

'The decision about whether or not charities should deliver public services rests with their trustees. We recognise the need to update the guidance we give to trustees to help them make this decision. I'd encourage as many charities as possible to contribute to this consultation, ensuring the experience of the sector is fully included in our final guidance.'

The consultation runs until 5 January and is available here. The revised guidance will be published in February.

To coincide with publication of the revised guidance, the commission also plans to publish the results of its survey into charities and public service delivery. This will explore the extent to which public service delivery is impacting on the charitable sector.


1. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator for charitable activity in England and Wales. See for further information.

2. Charities and Public Service Delivery is intended to update and replace Charities and Contracts (CC37), and draws from the Commission's published policy statement on Charities and Public Service Delivery (June 2005) and the conference on this theme held in March 2006, both of which are published on our website.

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