Posted: 18 Nov 2014 02:57 AM PST
The commission will appear before a committee of MPs and members of the House of Lords to set out how new proposed powers will help it to tackle abuse and mismanagement in charities more proportionately and effectively.
The commission gives evidence today to the joint committee considering the draft Protection of Charities Bill which gives the commission new powers. The regulator has long argued that there are underlying weaknesses in its enforcement powers and is pleased that the draft Bill includes many of its proposals.
The current draft Bill includes:
If called upon, the commission will discuss its concerns about the missing proposals with the committee. It will also set out in more detail how it intends to use all of the proposed powers, give examples of their use, and what safeguards will be in place to ensure powers are used proportionately.
William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said:
We are pleased that these new powers have been published in the draft legislation and we welcome the committee’s scrutiny. We know that in order to maintain public trust in charities it is essential that the regulator can take action where abuse and mismanagement is identified. The powers will strengthen our ability to do this and to protect charities. We are accountable to Parliament for our actions and we look forward to appearing before the committee.