Friendly societies are registered under the Friendly Societies Acts 1896-2014. They are established for various purposes, mostly to provide small life assurance benefits, sick benefits and death benefits to members, to provide benefits to non-members or to promote particular activities or interests.
It is no longer possible to register a new Friendly Society. Section 5 of the Friendly Societies and Industrial and Provident Societies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014.
The Friendly Societies Act 1896 (0.26 MB, Adobe PDF)
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