Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
Conservative Lord (Robin) Hodgson of Astley Abbotts is the NCVO president since 2007 and chair of the Armed Forces Charities Advisory Committee since 2008.
In August 2010 he was also appointed as chair of the de-regulation task-force by the coalition government and submitted a report recommending how to make it easier to run a charity. At the end of 2011 he was appointed by the government to lead its review of the Charities Act 2006.
Lord Hodgson was a member of the Council for Securities Industry from 1980-85, a founder director the Securities and Investment Board from 1985-89, sat on the West Midlands Industrial Development Board 1989-97 and was a director of the Securities and Futures Authority 1993-2001.
He was made a Life Peer (Conservative) in 2000, and as shadow spokesman on Trade and Industry and Home Affairs from 2002 until 2006, led in particular on the Companies Act 2006 and Charities Act 2006.
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Lord Hodgson yesterday told fellow members of the House of Lords that the charity sector has “reasonable concerns” about the lobbying bill and that “we have a lot of work to do in committee”.
The Charity Commission should subcontract some of its regulatory functions to sector-specific umbrella bodies in order to reduce the amount of paperwork required by various regulators, Lord Hodgson said this week.
Lord Hodgson promised yesterday that he would "continue banging on" about the compulsory registration threshold for charities being raised from the current £5,000 to £25,000, until the government relents and agrees to change it.
Yesterday, the government published its response to the Hodgson review of the Charities Act and the Public Administration Select Committee's post-legislative scrutiny report. Read on for Vibeka Mair's two-minute summary of key changes.
The clever people who devise tax avoidance and other scams by using charities are quite smart enough to be sure they get through Revenue and other data base scrutiny. The only way to stop or reduce this type of abuse is to come down much more heavily on those who deliberately misuse charities, whether as principals, advisers or beneficiaries.
The government has supported Lord Hodgson’s recommendation that the fundraising sector should work together to create a sector-funded, self-regulatory body covering all of fundraising and will formally review its success in 2017.
The government has rejected the recommendation by the committee of MPs that scrutinised the impact of the Charities Act 2006, that Parliament should attempt to define public benefit in legislation.
The government has announced that it supports in principle the idea that charities should be required by law to declare how much of their spending has gone on political and communications work and how much of their funding they got from the government.