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Revised model governing documents

22 Jun 2011 - 09:56 by michelle.foster

The Charity Commission has launched updated versions of its model of Articles of Association, Constitution and Trust Deed.

These model documents now have the same provisions for benefits and payments to trustees and those closely connected with them. These provisions are also consistent with the CIO model constitutions.

All of the models now:
• allow a trustee or connected person to be paid for supplying just goods to the charity (in addition to the statutory power for them to provide services)
• allow a trustee or connected person to be employed or remunerated by the charity subject to our prior authority
• include the same provisions for addressing conflicts of interests and conflicts of loyalties
• allow a minority of the trustees to receive financial benefits as beneficiaries (ie where the benefit is money or has a monetary value)
• encourage charity members to resolve internal disputes themselves before resorting to litigation
• make it clear that charities operating substantially in Scotland and/or Northern Ireland must not apply their property for purposes which are not charitable in those countries

These governing documents allow charity trustees to run their charities in a flexible way, subject to a range of controls which reflect sound operational practice.

To view the model governing documents, visit: www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Start_up_a_charity/Guidance_on_registering/....

For further information, visit: www.charitycommission.gov.uk/RSS/Updates/mgd_update.aspx?utm_source=feed....

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