This guidance is for individuals who want to find out if, and how the automatic disqualification rules apply to them. We have produced separate guidance for charities to help them prepare for the new rules.
The rules, which currently only apply to trustees, protect charities from being run by people who meet certain criteria or who have specific unspent convictions.
From 1 August 2018, changes to the rules mean there will be more restrictions on who can run a charity.
The changes introduce new disqualification reasons, and will stop disqualified people from being able to act in some charity senior manager positions.
Under the current rules, and the changes, disqualified people can usually apply to the Charity Commission to waive their disqualification. The right to apply for a waiver is an important acknowledgement that there are limited circumstances in which waiving a person’s disqualification will be in the best interests of a charity or charities, by allowing them to recruit or retain a well-qualified person.