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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The habitual late filing of regulatory documents by William Shawcross’s charity puts the Charity Commission in an invidious position, says Tania Mason.
Companies House and the Charity Commission have set up a working party to tackle the technical problems that arise from efforts to enable charities to submit just one annual return to them both, Lord Hodgson said last week.
I hope I'm not the only person to think that HMRC is far from an ideal vehicle to regulate charities. HMRC's business is to manage the collection of tax and it currently has difficulties even in doing that. The public perception of HMRC is of people who behave like autocrats (we're always right, you're always wrong) and who cannot provide advice effectively.
Government has tabled an amendment to the Financial Services Bill
around social investment which favourably responds to concerns raised by Peers this
summer, says Luke Fletcher, an associate at charity law firm Bates
Wells and Braithwaite.
The Charity Commission has said a more fundamental review of the annual return will be launched to address issues raised in an earlier consultation and Lord Hodgson's review of the Charities Act, including whether the Summary Information Return is necessary.
The chief executives of the three main fundraising membership bodies put up a spirited defence of face-to-face fundraising before a committee of MPs yesterday – and insisted they were making progress on Lord Hodgson’s edict to sort out the confusion around their regulatory roles.
Bernard Jenkin, chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, has said if the charitable sector "cannot get its act together" on self-regulation of fundraising, it will recommend that government bring in legislation to allow the Charity Commission to take action.