10 Mar 2014
Minister for civil society Nick Hurd has today launched a consultation on strengthening the powers of the Charity Commission in the wake of a damning government report on the regulator.
The damage to fundraising caused by the Daily Telegraph's stories on charity salaries was highlighted yesterday by Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, who said five British Red Cross donors withdrew their standing orders as a result.
Sector bodies have voiced cautious support for the Charity Commission following today’s damning National Audit Office report into the regulator’s effectiveness, with NCVO calling for a progress report in 2015.
The National Audit Office has concluded that the Charity Commission is too passive, is not adequately meeting its statutory objectives, and is not delivering value for money.
The Charity Commission may be under-resourced and timid as a result of past failures, but the answer is not a bad decision based on the false premise that tax status is all that is important to charitable status.
A Twitter hijack at yesterday's conference for the welfare-to-work sector reminded Vibeka Mair that there are two sides to social media.
HMRC and the National Audit Office yesterday both claimed charity sector support for their opposing views on whether charitable donations have risen as a result of gift aid.
Martyn Oliver, chief executive of 3SC, has said that the Charity Commission needs to “get off charities' backs” and support them in building reserves.