Lord  Hodgson of Astley Abbotts

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts

Conservative Lord (Robin) Hodgson of Astley Abbotts was the NCVO president from 2007 to 2012 and has been chair of the Armed Forces Charities Advisory Committee since 2008.

In August 2010 he was appointed to chair the de-regulation taskforce by the coalition government and submitted a report - Unshackling Good Neighbours - recommending how to make it easier to run a charity.

At the end of 2011 he was appointed by the government to lead the statutory review of the Charities Act 2006.  His Report entitled Trusted but Independent - Giving Charity Back to Charities was published in July 2012.

In February 2015 he was appointed by the government to conduct the statutory review of third party campaigning in the Transparency in Lobbying Act 2014.  His report entitled Third Party Election Campaigning - Getting the Balance Right was published in March 2016.

Lord Hodgson was a member of the Council for the Securities Industry from 1980 to 1985, a founder director of the Securities and Investment Board from 1985 to 1989, sat on the West Midlands Industrial Development Board 1989 to 1997 and was a director of the Securities and Futures Authority 1993-2001.  He has extensive commercial experience and remains a director of a number of companies.

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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Only one of top 50 charities approached for funding has refused to pay says Fundraising Regulator

Only one of the top 50 fundraising charities has rejected the Fundraising Regulator’s request for start-up funding according to Lord Grade.

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Many charities have chosen to abandon or alter their campaigning activities because they are afraid of the effects of the Lobbying Act, law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite has said in its response to a review of the Act.

Regulation of campaigning charities' internet use 'something we need to think about' says Lord Hodgson

Charities could need to declare they are regulated organisations before being allowed to campaign online, the man leading the review of the Lobbying Act suggested yesterday.


Peers debate changing definition of social investment

The House of Lords last night debated whether to change the definition of social investment and whether to force charities undertaking social investment to get professional financial advice.

I sometimes wonder who is briefing who. Hodgson uses selective data to try and shore up the Bubb view that the payment of trustees is somehow desirable. My intergenerational research into giving motivations also indicates that few people of any age think paying trustees is a good idea save in very exceptional purposes.

» Lord Hodgson says opposition to payment of trustees is generational

Amendments proposed to Charities Bill to make all fundraising charities with income over £1m join FRSB

Fundraising charities with incomes over £1m would have to join the FRSB, according to amendments proposed and later withdrawn at the committee stage of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill yesterday.

Trustees must answer to the public over high chief executive pay, says minister for civil society

Trustees must do more to give the public confidence in charities, and must make sure charitable donations do not fund "very large" salaries, the minister for civil society said last week.

DSC concerned Charities Bill could ‘threaten fundamental civil liberties’

Proposals to allow the Charity Commission more powers to ban people from becoming trustees or officers of charities are a "huge regulatory land grab" and should be scrapped, a letter to peers has said.

Lobbying Act is a ‘punitive extra tax on campaigners’, Hodgson review told

The Lobbying Act is a tax on campaigners which has led some charities to run up legal and accounting bills of tens of thousands, according to a submission to Lord Hodgson's review of the act.

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