BUGB Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
BUGB is now registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with the charity number 1181392. The assets, liabilities and activities of the unincorporated association BUGB charity were transferred across to the new CIO. This process completed on 1 January 2020.
Leading up to this, the Charity Commission approved the application to register BUGB as a CIO on 2 January 2019. Prior to that, the BUGB Trustees approved the new CIO constitution on 20 February 2018, as did Council on 14 March 2018 and Assembly on 12 May 2018. In advance of these approvals, BUGB members were invited by way of letter to participate in a consultation about the draft constitution for the new CIO, and as a result of the consultation, revisions were made to the draft constitution.
The BUGB CIO constitution can be read here
Unincorporated BUGB charity
Although the unincorporated charity no longer holds any assets or liabilities, or performs any activities, it continues to exist as a dormant ‘shell’ in order to still be able to benefit from legacies to the Union, its rights as a residual beneficiary of trust property and its governance role in property trusts.
At present, BUGB Trustees are trustees for both the new CIO and the ‘shell’ unincorporated charity. To simplify the governance of the ‘shell’ BUGB charity going forward and for ease of administration, BUGB has proposed a new constitution for the ‘shell’ unincorporated charity and notice of a resolution to adopt the new constitution was put to the Assembly in May 2019. When the new constitution for the 'shell' unincorporated charity is adopted, BUGB Trustees will cease to be Trustees of the ‘shell’ and instead the CIO will operate as the sole trustee for the ‘shell’, although it will continue to be managed and administered by the BUGB Trustees.
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, it had been anticipated that the constitution for the ‘shell’ unincorporated charity would be adopted by the Assembly in May 2020. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Baptist Assembly in May 2020 was postponed and instead is meeting online on 16 September 2020. This will be the first meeting of the Assembly of BUGB CIO. Until a meeting of the Assembly of the unincorporated BUGB charity can adopt the new constitution for the 'shell' unincorporated charity, it continues to be governed by the previous constitution as amended in May 2018. The resolution to adopt the ‘shell’ constitution will therefore be brought to a physical meeting of the Assembly for the unincorporated BUGB charity next year.
For your information we have provided the following documents:
Consultation Response Document
The BUGB unincorporated association constitution (showing the amendment approved by Assembly in May 2018)
The draft “shell” BUGB constitution (to accompany the notice of a resolution put to Assembly in May 2019)
The BUGB constitution pre Assembly 2018
A document showing the key differences between the two constitutions
The second consultation letter sent to members in November 2017
CIO FAQs prepared for Baptist Assembly 2017
The first consultation letter sent to churches in January 2017
Notice of the resolutions for Assembly 2019