Our new guidance has been designed specifically to be read online and so there is not currently a text-only pdf version of it available. However, our Public Benefit Team can email on request a text-only Word version of all the material that constitutes our draft public benefit guidance.
We have presented the guidance in its new online format so that it can be read in conjunction with all the other supporting material we have produced (such as the new FAQs for trustees and summary document, the new material we have prepared which sits outside of the guidance but informs it - such as the guidance on political purposes and trustee decision making) and to show how it links to other guidance on our website, such as our Equality Act guidance. That package of guidance is difficult to reproduce as one linear document.
Our new public benefit guidance is not designed to be read in a linear way, but rather to enable trustees to read (and print off if necessary) only those sections that are relevant for their charity.
However, we have produced a summary document which summarises all the key points in the guidance. This can be printed off as one document.
One of the main reasons we opted to present our public benefit guidance in this new 'modular' online format was to respond to criticisms from trustees and sector commentators that our existing guidance (which is contained in a single document) is too long and off-putting for busy trustees to read and that not all of the guidance contained in it is relevant for every charity's circumstances.
Trustees only have a duty to have regard to our public benefit guidance where it is relevant, and so our aim is to present our guidance in a way which more easily enables trustees to select, and have regard to, only the guidance which is relevant for them.
However, we welcome views on whether trustees would find it helpful if we provided the option to view, or download, pdf versions of:
* the whole of our public benefit guidance
* each section of our public benefit guidance
* the summary document