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Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

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Power to restrict use of assets

29Power to restrict use of assets of a community benefit society

(1)The Treasury may by regulations make provision for enabling any community benefit society, or any community benefit society of a prescribed kind, to ensure that—

(a)assets of the society of a prescribed kind,

(b)assets of the society specified by it in accordance with the regulations, or

(c)all of the society’s assets,

cannot be used or dealt with except in a case mentioned in subsection (2).

(2)The cases are—

(a)where the use or dealing is, directly or indirectly—

(i)for a purpose that is for the benefit of the community and is of a prescribed kind, or

(ii)if no kinds of purpose are prescribed under this paragraph, for any purpose that is for the benefit of the community, or

(b)where the circumstances are such as may be prescribed.

(3)Where under the regulations a society has ensured as mentioned in subsection (1) as respects any of its assets, the assets concerned are “dedicated assets” for the purposes of this section.

(4)Regulations under this section may, in particular—

(a)provide for the procedure by which a society may ensure as mentioned in subsection (1);

(b)provide for such of a society’s rules as are of a prescribed kind to be unalterable, or for them to be alterable only in prescribed circumstances or in circumstances specified in rules of a prescribed kind;

(c)provide that, in any circumstances prescribed under subsection (2)(b), dedicated assets must be dealt with in a prescribed way;

(d)make provision for ensuring that any society, company or other person to whom any dedicated assets are transferred in prescribed circumstances cannot use or deal with those assets except in a case mentioned in subsection (2);

(e)provide for members of a society who lose property rights as a result of the society’s ensuring as mentioned in subsection (1) to be compensated for that loss (whether by payment of a prescribed amount or of an amount determined in a prescribed way or otherwise), subject to such exceptions as may be prescribed;

(f)provide for the enforcement of provisions designed to ensure as mentioned in subsection (1);

(g)make provision for the carrying out of investigations by persons appointed by a prescribed person;

(h)confer power on a prescribed person to require persons of a prescribed description to provide the prescribed person with information in order to enable or assist that person to perform any of the person’s functions under the regulations;

(i)provide for restrictions on the use and disclosure of information obtained by any person in the performance of any function under the regulations.

(5)Regulations under this section may—

(a)impose criminal liability;

(b)confer functions on a prescribed person;

(c)confer jurisdiction on any court;

(d)authorise a prescribed person to make rules, binding on persons of a prescribed description, for the purpose of enabling or assisting the prescribed person to perform any of the person’s functions under the regulations;

(e)make provision as to the making, publication and enforcement of such rules;

(f)provide for a prescribed person to charge fees sufficient to meet the costs of performing any of the person’s functions under the regulations;

(g)modify, exclude or apply (with or without modifications) any enactment or rule of law;

(h)contain such incidental, consequential and supplementary provision as the Treasury consider appropriate;

(i)make different provision for different cases.

(6)Regulations under this section may not create any new criminal offence punishable with imprisonment for more than 7 years.

(7)In this section—

  • “community benefit society” includes a pre-commencement society that meets the condition in section 2(2)(a)(ii);

  • “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations under this section.

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