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In this CPDcast Jonathan Burchfield, a Partner and Head of the Charity Team at Stone King Solicitors, discusses what effect Public Benefit Assessments, the Equality Act and the Big Society Agenda laid out by the government will have on charities. He examines the role of charity within our society and analyses the significance of the Act for charities. He discusses the exemptions that feature in discrimination legislation that have been used by charities in the past, what exemptions currently feature in the act and what charities can do to comply with the act. He also looks at the penalties available to charities and concludes by examining the key principles surrounding Public Assessments and what the Big Society really means in practice.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the background to the Equality Act 2010;
  • Know what significance the Act has for Charities;
  • Understand the Charitable Exemption contained in section 193 and the keys definitions that stem from it;
  • Appreciate the other exemptions found in the Act that are relevant to charities;
  • Know the impact on charities as employers;
  • Understand how existing charities can comply with the act and the penalties that exist;
  • Know the issues surrounding Public Benefit Assessments;
  • Know how a charity's public benefit is assessed;
  • Appreciate the importance of the Independent Schools Council Case;
  • Understand the Big Society as it relates to charities.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
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Sources and References:
  • Equality Act 2010.

This podcast discusses what the Equality Act, Public Benefit Assessments and the Big Society Agenda will mean for Charities.

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-06-30

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