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Charity automatic disqualification rules: changes to the law

Wed, 08/08/2018

The law has changed to extend the scope of who will be disqualified from running a charity.

From 1st August 2018, charity automatic disqualification rules have changed. These include new disqualification reasons for trustees and some charity senior manager positions (chief executives and finance directors - and those in equivalent roles).

New reasons for disqualification include being in contempt of court, being named under particular anti-terrorism legislation or being on the sex offenders register.


If you’re a trustee or senior manager (at CEO or finance director level) at a charity, check if you are disqualified by reading the guidance for individuals.

If you are disqualified this guidance explains what you need to do and how to apply for a waiver.


Make sure you read the guidance for charities. This guide also includes a handy disqualifying reasons table that you can download.

Ask your trustees and senior managers (at chief executive or finance director level) to confirm that they are not disqualified.

We’ve produced sample declarations for senior managers and trustees to state that they are not disqualified from acting in these positions. You can download these from the guidance for charities.

If someone is disqualified, tell them that they can apply to have their disqualification waived. They can find out more in the guidance for individuals.

Further support

Unlock is an independent charity that provides support for people with convictions. They have a dedicated charity page with further advice and support.