The exempt charity status of Academy Trusts…

Recently, on a post on the Help me Investigate Blog, Chris Dodd discussed the ways in which you can look into the actions of charities and not-for-profit organisations.

During the follow-up of this post, he discovered that all Academy Trusts (the charities that run Academy Schools) are, as of August of this year, now exempt charities, which essentially means they no longer register with the Charity Commission.

Instead, they are monitored by the Young People’s Learning Agency on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, and must report to Companies House, but still withhold the responsibilities and reap the benefits that come with the charitable status.

There are more details outlined on the Charity Commission website outlining the regulation of Academies as charities (ironically, spelt incorrectly in the URL) along with more detailed guidance on exempt charities.

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