A new guide has been published for all local authorities
that are sole trustees of charities to help them fulfil
their duties and responsibilities in accordance with charity
The guide is produced by the Local Government Association
(LGA) and the Charity Commission.
Many local authorities hold assets which are subject to
charitable trusts, such as recreation land or property,
often as a result of something being gifted to a council
in a will for public use.
The new guide is intended to help councils and council
members fulfil this role responsibly, and to help avoid
any financial or reputational issues that may occur if things
Andrew Hind, chief executive of the Charity Commission
said: “It is very important that local authorities
understand their roles and responsibilities as sole trustees
of charities, to ensure that any assets they hold are applied
in line with charity law.
"There is often a lot of public interest in such matters.
I would recommend highly that all local authorities with
these responsibilities read this short guide and also take
note of other relevant guidance that is listed.”
Cllr Margaret Eaton, chairman of the Local Government Association,
said: “Charity law can be complex and it's important
that councils are clear about their responsibilities when
they are trustees for land or assets.
"We have developed this joint guide with the Charity
Commission to help authorities manage charitable trusts
effectively and avoid some of the pitfalls that can occur”.
The four-page guide is available at www.charitycommission.gov.uk