Commission to withdraw ‘hallmarks’ guidance and refer to sector-led code

02 Feb 2017 News

Fergus Burnett

The Charity Commission has said it intends to withdraw its publication The Hallmarks of an Effective Charity (CC10) and instead refer people to the Charity Governance Code. 

A new version of the Charity Governance Code was published for consultation last year, outlining a number of updates to the sector’s best practice standard. 

The code is jointly owned by NCVO, Acevo, SCC, ICSA and WCVA. The consultation closes tomorrow. The review process is being led by Rosie Chapman, who was the regulator’s director of policy and effectiveness until May 2011. 

Responding to the consultation, Sarah Atkinson, director of policy and communications at the Charity Commission, said: “We intend to continue to endorse and promote it as the standard of good governance practice to which all charities should aspire (unless some other code takes precedence), following and applying its principles proportionately to their circumstances.

“In line with this we propose to withdraw our publication The Hallmarks of an Effective Charity (CC100).”

She said the regulator would instead direct people to the Charity Governance Code. 

Atkinson also said the commission supported a number of the points in the draft, including the recommendation for publishing a register of interests, noting that this was common practice for public bodies and could help to avoid issues with conflicts of interest. 

“We recognise, however, that this is the sector’s Code,” she said. “The Commission does not aspire to own or enforce it, or pronounce on what it should say.” 

But she asked whether the Code Group has plans to update and refresh the supporting materials in line with the new draft. She also noted that the draft does not mention charities’ trading subsidiaries. 

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