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Charity Commission urged to publish guidance on Equality Act

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Wed, 08/09/2010

Lawyers have urged the Charity Commission to publish guidance on how the Equality Act will affect charities before the legislation comes into force.

The act, which will take effect on 1 October and be enforced by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, means that charities will no longer be able to restrict the services they provide to certain beneficiary groups solely on the grounds that the restriction is contained in their governing documents.

Instead, charities will have to show that the restriction is "a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim", or is intended to prevent or compensate for a disadvantage linked to a certain characteristic, such as age, disability, race or sexual orientation.

Source: Third Sector News