Charities Bill: Lords consideration of Commons amendments

03 February 2016

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill returned to the House of Lords on Tuesday 2 February for consideration of Commons amendments in 'ping pong'.

Lords members discussed MPs' amendments relating to fund-raising and the powers of the Charity Commission.

The bill now awaits Royal Assent.

Charities Bill third reading: 14 September

Members discussed subjects including the regulation of fundraising. The Bill now goes to the Commons for its consideration.

Charities Bill report stage: 20 July 

Lords committee stage day four: 6 July

Lords committee stage day three: 1 July

Lords committee stage day two: 29 June

Lords committee stage day one: 23 June  

Lords second reading: 10 June

Cabinet Office minister, Lord Bridges of Headley (Conservative), introduced the bill as one which would 'strengthen the public's trust in charities and help charities to do more'. He explained the majority of the proposals within the bill concern the powers of the Charity Commission.

Members of the Lords offered broad support for the bill, but called for additional powers for the Charity Commission and extra responsibilities for charities to be added. Several members identified the issue of proper protection for vulnerable people and children as an area which needs more consideration as the bill progresses.

Committee stage, the chance for line by line scrutiny, begins in the Lords on Tuesday 23 June.

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill summary

The bill is designed to protect charities from people who present a risk of abuse, and give the Charity Commission for England and Wales new and tougher powers to tackle serious abuse of charities.

It also seeks to give charities a new legal power to invest their funds in a way that provides a financial return, and furthers the charity’s aims.

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