Jersey government asks public about new charity law
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"They are, however, operating in a legal framework which can arguably be considered as outdated."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.