Jersey charities law introduces new charity commissioner and register

A charity commissioner and a central register will be introduced to oversee a new law to help organisations gain charity status.

The new charities law was introduced in July after a vote by politicians.

The States of Jersey allocated £70,000 to ensure new charities are regulated correctly.

Ruth Johnson, the States assistant director of social policy, said the law will benefit organisations not currently seen as charities.

'Long overdue'

"The charities law will have quite a broad and wide ranging impact on local organisations," she said.

"For the first time we'll have a really modern definition of charity within our law and that means many organisations that can't currently be considered charities in Jersey, for example sporting organisations, will be able to be considered charities.

"That then allows them to benefit from their charitable status, for example by receiving certain tax benefits."

Chief executive of the Jersey voluntary and community sector, John Pinel, said the charities law is "long overdue".

"The key thing from our perspective, bearing in mind the voluntary sector supports the charities law wholeheartedly, are that the regulations are appropriate and proportionate," he said.

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