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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 November, 2003, 12:13 GMT
Charities 'to face tougher rules'
Charity fundraising could face greater scrutiny under government plans outlined in the Queen's Speech.

Ministers say the draft bill will modernise charity law "and better enable charities to prosper".

The bill would help charities to thrive while also sustaining public confidence in them, the government says.

Fundraising rules would be improved, the Charity Commission would be given more powers and a "clear definition of charity" made, the Home Office said.

The government says charities help "to transform people's lives and to build strong and active communities".

The bill's proposal to provide a definition of what a charity is would place "the emphasis on public benefit".

It also contains measures aimed at allowing charities to administer their work more effectively and efficiently.


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