Charities have been given more time to take steps to comply with new rules, which automatically disqualify charity trustees and senior staff with certain criminal convictions. This was due to come into effect next April, but has been postponed until September 2017.
A waiver can be sought in appropriate cases.
Staffing problems are anticipated, particularly in charities that support ex-offenders.
As well as fraud and dishonesty convictions, disqualifying conditions now include offences of money laundering, lying in court, making a false witness statement, or being designated under a terrorism freezing order. Moreover, the ban now extends to charity staff as well as trustees