As part of changes to the Charity Commission’s online services, if current trustees have used a public display name on the charity register their full legal name will be displayed to the public, unless they apply to have it removed. This is known as a dispensation.
These changes were due to happen this year (2019) but we have extended this to give trustees more time to apply for a dispensation if needed. The changes will now happen from 1 April 2020.
We can grant a dispensation if displaying a legal name to the public could put the relevant person or people in personal danger. Dispensations will not be granted automatically.
Find out about display name changes and how to apply for a dispensation.
If trustees have already been granted a dispensation for their legal name not to be displayed to the public on the register, this will be retained. There is no need to apply for a dispensation again.
Source: Charity Commission Newsletter issue 63