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New guidance, published by the Charity Commission and Housing ...
New guidance, published by the Charity Commission and Housing

Corporation, provides a welcome boost for resident board members.

The new guidance states that a social landlord with a resident

majority on its board can become a charity providing all trustees act

in the best interests of the charity. The guidance goes on to suggest

suitable governance arrangements for such boards.

The guidance, first published in 1999, has been updated and includes

useful information for all charitable RSLs, although it is

particularly aimed at new organisations seeking registration with the

commission and the Housing Corporation.

The guidance is available on the Charity Commission websiteand the Housing Corporation website .

Rosie Chapman, the Charity Commission's director of policy, said:

'We believe that this revised guidance will enable charitable RSLs to

design board structures that both meet the needs of their residents

while protecting the reputation of the charity itself.'


1. The Charity Commission is the organisation responsible for the

statutory regulation of charities in England and Wales.

2. Further information about the Charity Commission can be found

via the internetor through the

Single Enquiry Line 0870 333 0123.

3. The Charity Commission and the Housing Corporation have

streamlined the processes leading up to the registration of

prospective registered social landlords (RSLs) which are also

seeking registered charity status. This guidance is designed to

help such RSLs through this process.

4. This guidance replaces previous joint guidance from the

commission and the corporation and should be taken into account

when reading other publications such as those of the corporation on

its Regulatory Code and on Group Structures.

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