Friday, 20 November 2015

Charity Commission’s main responsibility is to the public, says Shawcross

The Charity Commission’s "main responsibility" is to the public and robust regulation is needed to ensure they trust charities, Chair William Shawcross said yesterday.

Speaking at ACEVO’s annual conference, Shawcross said the Commission had a responsibility “to assure the public that tax advantages and good faith bestowed on charities” were matched by the behaviour of trustees, employees and other volunteers.
“Some people in the sector have complained about increased charity regulation, but the public has not complained,” Shawcross said.
He said he thought the public favoured "robustness" in regulation.

Although 90 per cent of charities “behave extremely well”, the few that don’t run the risk of damaging the whole sector, he said.

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