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Use this page to find out about the rules on the automatic disqualification of trustees and senior managers.
In January 2018, the Charity Commission published guidance on the rules on the automatic disqualification (a person is disqualified from acting as a charity trustee or holding a senior management position within a charity, if certain legal disqualification reasons apply to them, based in England and Wales) of trustees and senior managers.
One of the biggest changes made by the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 was to extend automatic disqualification to:
The law came fully into force on 1 August 2018.
Being automatically disqualified means that an individual cannot be a charity trustee, or a charity senior manager.
The Charity Commission doesn’t need to do anything – once the condition applies, and until it ceases to apply, an individual is disqualified unless the Commission gives them a waiver (a waiver brings a person’s disqualification to an end).
Individuals are automatically disqualified as charity trustees or senior managers if at least one of the following points apply.
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