Association of Jersey Charities welcomes charities law move

A move to introduce laws to govern charities in Jersey has been welcomed by the Association of Jersey Charities.

Currently charities are unregulated with no charities law or central register.

The States has launched a consultation on introducing a law.

Liz Le Poidevin, from the group, said they supported the move "to define charities as bodies that provide public benefit, which is to the benefit of all of us or a section of us".

400-year-old laws

The consultation also suggests making charities sign up for a public register.

Ms Le Poidevin said: "Regulation would be part of that, but we'd expect that to be light touch.

"Hopefully it will allow the charities sector to flourish for the benefit of islanders protecting the public and promoting their trust and confidence."

The only definition of a charity in Jersey is under the income tax law, which sets out which groups can register as a charity for tax purposes and dates back to 1601.

Ms Le Poidevin said: "At the moment we're all scratching our heads about what makes a charity a charity."

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