The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has been granted charitable status four months earlier than expected.
The Charity Commission approved the change of status in early December. The resource efficiency body was originally set up as a company limited by guarantee by the Labour government in 2000.
The switch to a charity follows Julie Hill’s replacement of Peter Stone as WRAP’s new chairman in October (endsreport.com/45854). Chief executive Liz Goodwin said becoming a charity would safeguard WRAP’s future by allowing it to pursue new avenues of funding. She said this was vital because WRAP “can no longer rely on two or three sources of funding to sustain our work”.