Additional powers and funding for the Charity Commission

The government has announced new funding over 3 years for the Charity Commission (England and Wales) to tackle abuse, including extremist activity, in the charity sector. This is to help re-focus its regulatory activity on “proactive monitoring and enforcement in the highest risk areas like abuse of charities for terrorist and other criminal purposes, such as tax avoidance and fraud”. Government news item.

There is connected draft legislation to extend the Commission’s powers, at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-protection-of-charities-bill. An example of the new powers: being able to issue official warnings for less serious cases, which can go on the charity’s official record to be followed up later if the charity doesn’t tackle the problem.

NCVO has supported the Commission’s call for additional powers and will “examine the legislative proposals to make sure they strike the right balance between giving the Commission the powers it needs to deal with serious problems, while respecting individual charities’ right to make their own decisions about how best to run themselves” – NCVO news release. Some further sector reaction in Civil Society Media item, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/18421/.