Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 2010

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation2010 c. 7


Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 2010

2010 CHAPTER 7

An Act to make provision for societies to be registered as co-operative or community benefit societies and to re-name the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts; to apply to registered societies the provisions relating to directors disqualification and to make provision for the application of certain other enactments relating to companies; to confer power to make provision for credit unions corresponding to any provision applying to building societies; and for connected purposes.

[18th March 2010]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Co-operative and community benefit societies

Co-operative and community benefit societies

S-1 Registration of societies as co-operative or community benefit societies

1 Registration of societies as co-operative or community benefit societies

(1) For section 1 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 (c. 12) (societies that may be registered) substitute-

"1 Societies that may be registered

(1) A society for carrying on any industry, business or trade (including dealings of any kind with land) may be registered under this Act as-

(a) a co-operative society, or

(b) a community benefit society.

As to registration under this Act as a credit union, see the Credit Unions Act 1979.

(2) A society may be registered as a co-operative society only if it is shown to the satisfaction of the Authority that the society is a bona fide co-operative society.

For this purpose "co-operative society" does not include a society that carries on, or intends to carry on, business with the object of making profits mainly for the payment of interest, dividends or bonuses on money invested or deposited with, or lent to, the society or any other person.

(3) A society may be registered as a community benefit society only if it is shown to the satisfaction of the Authority that in view of the fact that the business of the society is being, or is intended to be, conducted for the benefit of the community, there are special reasons why the society should be registered under this Act rather than as a company under the Companies Acts.

(4) A society may not be registered as a co-operative society or community benefit society unless-

(a) the society's rules contain provision in respect of the matters mentioned in Schedule 1, and

(b) the place that under those rules is to be the society's registered office is situated in Great Britain or the Channel Islands.".

(2) After section 4 of that Act insert-

"4A Pre-2010 Act societies

(1) In this Act "pre-2010 Act society" means a society (other than a credit union) that was registered or treated as registered under this Act immediately before the commencement of section 1 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 2010.

(2) Nothing in that section affects the status of a pre-2010 Act society as registered or treated as registered under this Act.".

(3) In section 16(1) of that Act (cancellation of registration: grounds), in paragraph (c)(ii) for "neither of the conditions specified in section 1(2) of this Act is fulfilled" substitute "the relevant registration condition is not met".

(4) After that subsection insert-

"(1A) For the purposes of subsection (1)(c)(ii) the relevant registration condition is not met if-

(a) in the case of a society registered as a co-operative society, the condition specified in section 1(2) is not met;

(b) in the case of a society registered as a community benefit society, the condition specified in section 1(3) is not met;

(c) in the case of a pre-2010 Act society, neither of the conditions specified in section 1(2) and (3) is met.".

(5) In section 74(1) of that Act (interpretation - general), before the definition of "prescribed" insert-

""pre-2010 Act society" has the meaning given by section 4A(1);".

(6) In section 20(1)(b) of the Credit Unions Act 1979 (c. 34) (cancellation of registration as credit union: adaptation of grounds), for "neither of the conditions in section 1(2) of that Act is fulfilled" substitute "the relevant registration condition is not met".

(7) In section 1(9) of the co-operatives and community benefit societies act 2003 (c. 15) (community benefit societies: power to restrict use of assets), for the definition of "community benefit society" substitute-

""community benefit society" means- (a) a society registered under the 1965 Act as a community benefit society, or (b) a pre-2010 Act society (as defined by section 4A(1) of the 1965 Act) which meets the condition in section 1(3) of that Act.".

S-2 Re-naming of Industrial and Provident Societies Acts

2 Re-naming of Industrial and Provident Societies Acts

The Acts listed below may be cited by the new short title indicated:

Existing short title

New short title

Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 1965

Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1967

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 1967

Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 1968

Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1975

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 1975

Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1978

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 1978

Industrial and Provident Societies Act 2002

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 2002

Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2003

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2003

S-3 Application of provisions relating to directors disqualification

3 Application of provisions relating to directors disqualification

In the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (c. 46), after section 22D insert-

"22E Application of Act to societies registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965

(1) In this section "registered society" means a society registered or deemed to be registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 ("the 1965 Act").

(2) This Act applies to registered societies as it applies to companies.

(3)Accordingly, in this Act-

(a) references to a company include a registered society, and

(b) references to a director or an officer of a company include a member of the committee or an officer of a registered society.

In paragraph (b) "committee" and "officer" have the same meaning as in the 1965 Act: see section 74(1) of that Act.

(4)As they apply in relation to registered societies, the provisions of this Act have effect with the following modifications-

(a) in section 2(1) (disqualification on conviction of indictable offence), the reference to striking off includes cancellation of the registration of a society under the 1965 Act;

(b) in section 3 (disqualification for persistent breaches) and section 5 (disqualification on summary conviction), references to the companies legislation shall be read as references to the legislation relating to registered...

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