Jersey government asks public about new charity law

Senator Paul Routier Senator Paul Routier says charities play an important role in the community

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Jersey's government has started a consultation into whether it should introduce a new charities law.

It is asking people how a charity should be defined and whether they should be regulated.

Currently any organisation can register as a charity for tax purposes through the income tax law.

In a statement the government says the current definition of a charity is drawn from a 1601 law that does not fit modern organisations.

'Unique role'

It says it excludes organisations that many people would view as charities, such as sporting organisations, and does not expressly require a charity to deliver public benefit.

Assistant Chief Minister Senator Paul Routier said: "Charities play a unique and important role in our community, undertaking vital work that is supported through the generosity and compassion of Islanders.

"They are, however, operating in a legal framework which can arguably be considered as outdated."

The chair of the Jersey Voluntary and Community Partnership, Jim Hopley said he welcomed the development of a Charities Law in Jersey.

The consultation will run until the end of August 2013.

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