Share

Bubb: Charity Commission should have defended tax cap claims

Bubb: Charity Commission should have defended tax cap claims
News

Bubb: Charity Commission should have defended tax cap claims4

Fundraising | Celina Ribeiro | 24 Apr 2012

The independence of the Charity Commission has been called into question by Sir Stephen Bubb who says the regulator should have piped up against government claims of tax avoidance through dodgy charities.

The Acevo chief executive told civilsociety.co.uk that it should not have been left to himself to demand the names of the bogus charities the government alleged are used by the wealthy to funnel donations and limit their tax liability.

“You could argue [claims of dodgy charities] was a direct government criticism of the Charity Commission. I would have expected them to say something,” said Bubb.

While he praised the rest of the sector for uniting and working with philanthropists as “superb”, he said the Charity Commission had failed to defend itself when it needed to.

“One area of disappointment was the Charity Commission. I had expected them to be a little more robust in defending the sector when accusations were being made about dodgy charities. It shouldn’t have been left to me to demand the names of those charities. The Charity Commission should have been doing that.”

When faced with government claims that tax dodgers were using bogus charities, the Charity Commission should have held the government to account, said Sir Stephen.  

“It does pose a question about how independent the Charity Commission is if it’s not prepared to stand up and speak their mind robustly.”

The Charity Commission declined to respond to the comments. 

Sir Robin Bogg
CEO
BUBB
25 Apr 2012

I know it's been an bizarre period for news and the old certainties have become uncertain but John Weth, defending the Charity Commission? We really are living through strange times. Has he been hacked?

John Weth
Chairman
Association for Charities
25 Apr 2012

From an organisation which has not hesitated in the past to criticise the Commission ( on its exercise of regulatory powers),Sir Stephen Bubb's criticism of a lack of independence because it failed to respond to "government claims" of tax avoidance,seems uncalled for.The Commission surely has more important priorities in real life,at a time when its funding has been so severely cut,than responding to "government claims" which key umbrella groups had already dismissed so effectively.The Commission may not be perfect,but its independence from government has never seriously been in issue.
John Weth
Chairman, Association for Charities.

Robin Bogg
CEO
BUBB
24 Apr 2012

Well fancy that eh? How dare the government be allowed to make spurious claims without being challenged. Wouldn't happen if they had tried to claim Acevo support for the NHS Bill, for example.

http://boggsblub.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/i-should-have-defended-nhs-bill-support.html

David Smith
25 Apr 2012
Response to [Robin Bogg]

why do you allow Bubb to water down your site by promoting his ridiculous and frankly childish alter-ego?

his blog reminds me of jokes told by fathers that embarass their children or to put it another, Sir Stephen is simply not as funny as he thinks he is.

One must admire his resilience though. Posting often without generating comments. Perhaps resilent is wrong. Maybe he just likes the sound of his own voice...

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Charity leaders ask government for a £1.5bn VAT rebate for the sector

5 Mar 2015

Leaders from six umbrella organisations have urged the government to use the Budget to extend a VAT rebate...

Big Society has succeeded and society is stronger than in 2010, says Rob Wilson

4 Mar 2015

The Big Society has succeeded and charities have more volunteers and more funding than when the government...

Major parties commit to more support for charities delivering health and social care

4 Mar 2015

Members from all three of the major political parties said yesterday that the voluntary sector has a bigger...

Calls for OSCR investigation into Kiltwalk running costs

5 Mar 2015

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator should open an investigation into Scottish fundraising event...

Legacy income rises 9.8 per cent, finds benchmark survey

2 Mar 2015

Like-for-like legacy income among large charities is up 9.8 per cent in the year to December 2014, according...

Diabetes UK raises £18.6m through Tesco partnership

27 Feb 2015

Tesco employees, suppliers and customers raised over £18m for Diabetes UK between March 2013 and December...

Daniel Phelan dies, aged 58

13 Feb 2015

Daniel Phelan, owner and editor-in-chief of Civil Society Media, passed away on Wednesday following a...

LinkedIn launches matching service to bring charity volunteering opportunities to 250,000 members

6 Feb 2015

Charities in the UK will be able to advertise volunteer opportunities to 250,000 LinkedIn members who...

Free guide to Bitcoin donations produced for charities

5 Feb 2015

Two Bitcoin organisations have launched a website and free guide to promote the use of the digital currency...

Join the discussion

Twitter
 
Training

Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.

>> Find out more <<