Opinion

Have your say on Charity Commission funding

9th August 2018

Scandals within the sector continue unabated, causing many to question whether the Charity Commission ought to be given extra funding to enable it to become a more effective regulator.

It has now been suggested larger charities should be charged for any services they receive from the Charity Commission.

Earlier this year, the government announced a 25% boost to the Charity Commission’s annual income to help it respond to an increased demand on its core functions.

It now intends to launch a formal consultation on charging larger charities for regulation. This will fund advice, support and ‘enabling work rather than core regulation.

However many in the sector have expressed concern about the Commission’s plans with the House of Lords Select Committee on charities saying the regulator needs to be clear about its plans.

NCVO has also responded to the Charity Commission on the announcement the Charity Commission will be consulting on implementing new fees for charities.

Implications for charities

This issue has raised so much debate in the sector that when the opportunity arises charities big and small should take the opportunity to have their say on how the Charity Commission is funded in the future and whether charities should be charged for the privilege of being regulated.

Higgs & Sons will continue to report on the issue including issuing updates on the timing of the Charity Commission’s consultation.

 

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