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Maritime charities welcome planned changes to UK charity law

9 November 2021

Maritime charities have welcomed potential changes in UK charity law that will make aspects of their governance simpler and help them to recruit trustees.

Delegates at a Maritime Charities Group (MCG) seminar in October 2021 on the Charities Bill heard from charity law experts, Stone King LLP, about details of the legislation that is currently before Parliament.

Proposed changes include:

  • simplifying the process of amending a charity's objects and purposes
  • allowing fundraising monies to be kept by the charity in certain circumstances, such as being unable to identify or find the donor
  • making it easier for trustees to make ex-gratia payments
  • simplified rules on the disposal of charity land
  • charities to be permitted to obtain goods as well as services from trustees
  •  addressing issues with the Register of Merger

Steven Ravenscroft, a partner at Stone King said: 'The Charities Bill introduces various changes to Charity law which will reduce the regulatory burden for charities, including important changes to the rules regulating permanent endowment, charity land disposals and Charity mergers. We were delighted to have the opportunity to share our thoughts on the various changes with MCG members and the wider maritime welfare charity sector.'

MCG chair Commander Graham Hockley said: 'We are incredibly grateful to the team from Stone King for such an interesting and enlightening seminar. It has certainly given us food for thought and we look forward to benefiting from the changes outlined.'

This seminar was the second in MCG's new series of monthly seminars for the maritime welfare charity sector.